Constable John Bosco Salā, 37, is one of just three Pasefika law enforcers to qualify as an operational dog handler following an intensive 9-week training course held in New Zealand.
Constable Salā was welcomed back to Samoa by SPPCS after nine weeks of the narcotic detector dog training course at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham.
The training course aims to build the capacity of Pacific agencies’ dog sections in Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa.
It is part of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade supported Pacific Detector Dog Programme (PDDP) in partnership with New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs.
Constable Sala was greeted by Acting Commissioner Lafaitele Herbert Aati, Deputy Commissioners Papali’i Monalisa Tiai-Keti and Leiataua Samuelu Afamasaga who expressed their heartfelt congratulations to Constable Salā for graduating and for a job well done.