Pro-activeness, responsiveness and better service.
These are the goals the Ministry of Police has put in place as they move forward in the New Year, according to a statement it issued on New Year’s eve.
“Tonight we bid farewell to 2017,” the statement reads.
“As the Management we would like to take this opportunity to extend our Fa’afetai and Fa’amalo to all who have shared this journey with us.”
“The Samoa Police service takes this opportunity to look back on the events of 2017.”
“We have had successes, but we have also experienced shortfalls in our service delivery.”
They are also grateful for the support given by the community.
“We highlight our ongoing partnership with the community in fighting crimes in Samoa.”
“We have been fortunate to receive the support shown by members of the public with a number of our crime prevention activities.”
“We say thank you to the leaders of religious denominations across Samoa, pulega Ali’i ma Faipule, our Government sectors and partners, business community as well as our non-government organisations for opening their doors to us as we find ways to fight crime.”
The Police Service however continues to seek support from the public.
“We ask our community to continue supporting us to protect our women, children and vulnerable people of Samoa.”
“Our people are known for their hospitality, friendliness, openness and especially our communal way of living.”
“We hope that the communal nature of our people by working together to prevent crimes will continue on in 2018.”
They also acknowledged shortcomings.
“We have also had shortfalls in 2017 and we will continue to work on remedies to address our shortfalls and to better serve our people.”
“Rest assured Samoa that we will also work towards addressing the issues that has often plagued the good name and reputation of the Samoa Police.”
“In our line of work, there are always going to be critics, but we believe that there are also members of our community who see the hard work and efforts of our officers in keeping Samoa safe.”
“We continue to rely on the good will of our community to support us. Together we can make a difference.”
“The Samoa Police Service will continue to strive to be pro-active, responsive and a trusted organisation that will serve you better in 2018.”
Last week, one of the two prisoners’ who escaped has been captured.
Aniseko Vaelei has been remanded back into the custody of the Prison authorities; however the other inmate, Uili Manuleleua, is still on the run.
“He is the last of the four prisoners who escaped from the Tafaigata prisons on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, to be captured.
“We advise members of the public not to approach him directly because he is considered aggressive and dangerous.”
“If anyone knows of any information in regards to his whereabouts, please contact the police immediately on phone 22 222 or any nearest police post.”