On the 29th of September every year, members of the Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services join the global community to commemorate Remembrance Day. A day to pay tribute to fallen colleagues.
It is a day of celebration and a day of remembrance for the sacrifices they had made whilst serving within the Ministry.
Today, MPPC remembers nine of its members who died while on duty in the past 12 months.
1. Late Superintendent Vaovasaomanaia Lapi Filo
2. Late Superintendent Enele Tiatia
3. Late Senior Sergeant Sefo Kelekolio
4. Late Constable Vaafuti Patu
5. Late Constable Tivoli Paga
6. Late Constable Tavita Vili
7. Late Civilian Aniterea Tavita
8. Late Civilian Lemo Leaupepe
9. Late Civilian Petelo Iakopo
A tragic accident in March 2022 when a dyna truck carrying building materials for the Poutasi outpost lost control along the Tiavi Cross Island Road claimed the lives of three civilian members.
In remembrance of the nine members as well as those before them, the Ministry held a full parade starting from police headquarters towards the front of the government building.
The national flag was raised followed by the commemoration and remembrance service, held at the National University of Samoa’s Gymnasium.
Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Ponifasio delivered the keynote address of the day. The Deputy Prime Minister offered his sincerest condolences to families and loved ones of the remembered members.
He also acknowledged all Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services members for the ongoing sacrifices, made each and everyday to keep Samoa safe.
In memory of the nine members honoured, their loved ones were acknowledged, and presented with certificates. Candles were lit and a moment of silence was observed in honour of the fallen.
Former Samoa Police Commissioner Asi Tuitaga James Blakelock joined the service. Asi served as Samoa’s Police Chief from 1997-2003.
Rest in Peace. Lest we not forget.