Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) Unveils Cutting-Edge Laboratory Facility in Samoa.

Apia, Samoa – May 2, 2024 – Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Service (SPPCS) Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, alongside Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan APM, proudly announced the official opening of the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) laboratory on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024. The inauguration ceremony marks a significant stride in the collective efforts of Samoa and the broader Pacific region to combat transnational crime.

While the PTCCC headquarters remains elsewhere, the establishment of this branch laboratory in Samoa underscores the commitment of PTCCC to decentralize resources and enhance operational efficiency across the Pacific region. Strategically positioned in Samoa, the laboratory represents a crucial hub for forensic analysis, intelligence gathering, and coordinated law enforcement efforts.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and advanced forensic capabilities, the laboratory is poised to play a pivotal role in addressing a myriad of transnational criminal activities, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, cybercrime, and money laundering. Its establishment signifies a shared commitment to bolstering regional security and promoting the rule of law.

Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo highlighted the significance of the laboratory in strengthening Samoa’s capacity to combat transnational crime. “The PTCCC laboratory represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to confront the challenges posed by transnational crime. By leveraging advanced forensic techniques and fostering international collaboration, we are better equipped to protect our communities and uphold the principles of justice,” he affirmed.

Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan APM echoed Commissioner Filipo’s sentiments, emphasizing the pivotal role of partnership in addressing the complex nature of transnational crime. “The opening of the PTCCC laboratory in Samoa signifies a new chapter in our joint commitment to combating transnational crime in the Pacific region. Through close collaboration and information sharing, we endeavor to disrupt criminal networks and ensure the safety and security of our communities,” he added.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by esteemed members of the SPPCS Executive, Senior Management, AFP delegation, and distinguished guests. Their presence underscores the collective determination to combat transnational crime and safeguard the interests of the Pacific community.

As the PTCCC laboratory commences operations, it stands as a testament to the unwavering resolve of Samoa and its Pacific partners in the pursuit of justice and security. With its advanced capabilities and collaborative approach, the laboratory is poised to make significant strides in combating transnational crime and fostering a safer future for Samoa and the broader Pacific region.