Australia Federal Police (AFP) Mission Commander Daniel Evans presented Samoa’s Police and Prisons Executive Management Team with headsets and webcams to assist with the new way of working under COVID-19.
Samoa’s Acting Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo received the gifts on behalf of Samoa and says the AFP led Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP), has been a great support throughout the years and especially with responding to Covid.
“During good and challenging times our partnership and friendship with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) continues,” said Auapaau.
“The gifting of headsets and webcams will help us to ensure we can apply social distancing measures and still be able to meet and operate in a COVID safe way.
The Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP) is a long term investment by Australia in Samoa’s police service.
SAPP has been behind more than AUD $2million tala worth of projects and initiatives with the Samoa Police Service over the past two years.
Back in 2019 just before the Samoa Police were about to take on the task of Pacific Games hosting, a valuable contribution of two 30-seater buses and ten motorcyles were donated to the Samoa Police Service.
On October 2021 a donation of new equipment including speed guns, tablets, bikes for the patrol units, and tech equipment valued at $500,000 were handed to Samoa Police, “just in time for increased police work around the country,” Acting Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo had said at the time.
Samoa’s Police Prisons and Corrections Services (SPPCS) were two separate entities until last year when they remerged under the same Ministry.