The Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services (SPPCS) has achieved a significant milestone in its operations with the donation of 8 E-Bikes from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). These E-Bikes will be utilized by the Bike Unit to enhance their patrolling duties, particularly in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The value of these 8 E-Bikes is estimated at $80,000 AUSD, which is equivalent to approximately $150,000 Samoan talā. Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo expressed deep gratitude for this invaluable assistance from the AFP through the Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP).
According to Commissioner Auapa’au, “this generous donation will have a positive impact on the SPPCS officers’ ability to serve the community effectively”.
The Commissioner specifically thanked the AFP and SAPP for their continuous support, emphasizing the belief that these E-Bikes will greatly benefit the officers and improve service delivery.
He further stated that the E-Bikes were a major step towards modernizing the force and making them more efficient.
Detective Superintendent Daniel Evans, representing the AFP, also reiterated their commitment to supporting the SPPCS.
“I hope the E-bikes will provide a way to patrol villages without roads, where it is too far to walk, and to improve engagement with Samoan communities,” Evans said.
The E-Bikes arrived at a timely moment as 20 members of the SPPCS have just completed the Bicycle Patrol Officers’ Program and will utilize these new assets. This donation will undoubtedly enhance their capabilities and aid in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of the community.
This new equipment will also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the SPPCS and provide a more sustainable mode of transportation. Furthermore, it will also provide an opportunity for more members of the community to get active and make a positive difference.