A month long Leadership and Management training course came to a close yesterday afternoon for 12 members of the Samoa Police Service receiving certificates in Junior Leadership & Management.
Australian High Commissioner to Samoa HE Sarah Moriarty attended the graduation ceremony to present certificates to the 5 sergeants, 6 corporals and one police cadet who participated.
Conducted for SPS by the Australian Maritime College Search (AMCS) the course was faciliated and taught by Brendon Sinnamons of Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat team.
He told Samoa Global News that the initiative was a request from Australia’s Department of Defense, if they could conduct this course for Samoa.
The course was aimed at middle management and waa taught with an interactive approach requiring participants to attend a set number of training hours over 4 weeks.
Brendon Sinnamons says this is the first time their team has run such a course.
“This is the first time we have run this course for anyone, anywhere including Australia”.
Samoa Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil stressed the importance of leadership in the work of the police in particular on patrol boats.
“They need to know their technical job but they also need to know how to lead people because when they’re out at sea, they’re the only people who can provide the leadership, so we put together this course to help them gain confidence in stressful and pressured situations”.