The Faleolo Outpost’s Community Day was a lively and engaging event that brought together the local community, including children, youth, parents, guardians, and members of the Samoa Police, Prisons, and Corrections Services (SPPCS).
This event marked the conclusion of weeks of inspections conducted at various outposts in Upolu and Savaii.
The day began with a small prayer service conducted by Rev. Livingisitone Pesetā, setting a positive tone for the event.
Thanks to funding support from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) led Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP), the Faleolo outpost organized a variety of games and activities, ensuring that everyone had a great time.
Members of the SPPCS, including the Executive Management team, actively participated in the event. They not only engaged with the young attendees but also took part in a dancing competition, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo emphasized the significance of this event in building strong relationships between the SPPCS and the public, particularly with village councils and youth. He saw it as an opportunity to collaborate and identify ways to combat crime within the community.
“Through this initiative, we hope to strengthen and build relationships with local village councils, the public, and especially the youth,” said Commissioner Auapa’au.
“SPPCS and the community should also take advantage of this opportunity to identify ways to eliminate crime.”
AFP Senior Officer Detective Superintendent Daniel Evans expressed his satisfaction with the partnership and the positive impact it had on the community.
He highlighted the importance of fostering trust and positive relationships between the police and the community, especially with the younger generation.
“One of the most rewarding projects under the Samoa Australia Police Partnership is working with the Samoa Police on Community Days.”
The Community Day was part of the SPPCS’s bi-annual initiative to strengthen its engagement with local communities and foster a supportive working environment within its outposts.
The overarching mission is to “Work together for a safe and secure Samoa.”
The Samoa Police, Prisons, and Correction Services extended their gratitude to the Samoa Australia Police Partnership and the Australian Federal Police for their support in making this event possible. This collaborative effort demonstrates a commitment to enhancing community relations and contributing to a safer and more secure Samoa.
Community day participants included the youth groups of the Fuailolo’o Mulifanua EFKS, Sagafili EFKS, Satapuala and Faleatiu Methodist churches.