Today the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services held its annual “Thanksgiving Services”. To give thanks to the good Lord for he has brought us thus far. It was also a gathering to honour and celebrate the hard work and commitment the members have shown throughout the year.
Rev. Fa’apea Asomua Elia conducted the opening service, whereby he reflected on God’s goodness over the ministry. In his sermon, Rev. Fa’apea reinforced the word of God by assuring the members that “each and every officer and member is important “O oe o se tagata aoga” This reflects the work every member has done and contributed throughout 2022.
Honourable Minister Lefau Harry Schuster in his keynote address expressed his “sincere appreciation for all the work done throughout 2022” During his remarks, his honourable used the opportunity to reflect upon the challenges Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services had faced all year round namely;
– The enforcement of the State of Emergency response to the COVID-19.
– The return of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division back to the Land Transport Authority on the 1st July
– Dialogue on Prisons and Corrections Services’ Separation
The Minister also commended SPPCS on what they have achieved highlighting;
– Two Police Recruit Classes that had graduated this year
– Leading the 60th Independence Celebration
– Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo being appointed as the Commissioner – Ministry of Police, Prisons and Corrections Services (“MPPCS”) for the next 3 years’ term
– Samoa Hosting the ATOA O SAMOA talks with police providing security and protection of this high-level meeting
– Members of the Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services achieving tertiary degrees in various areas as well as regional awards.
– Lafaitele Herbert Aati being appointed as the Deputy Commissioner for the District Operations.
– The establishment of the Police Academy.
– The Official Launching of our Ministry Strategic Plan FY 2022/23 – FY 2025/2026.
The honourable Minister went on to commend all our officers and staff members who were injured in the line of duty, as well as asking all gathered to remember our fallen comrades and colleagues’ departed souls in their prayers.
The thanksgiving services also saw 38 members in the rank of Sergeant be presented with police badges. In addition to the issuance of police badges, the Executive also presented special awards for its members. This comprises of;
– Special Recognition Award for Ms Rosita Galuvao for her utmost commitment and dedication to Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services for the past 27 years.
– Corrections Officer of the Year- Correction Officer Irene Mauinatu (Medical)
– Support Staff Member of the Year- Peniamina Malagamaali’i (Finance)
– Overall investigator of the Year- Constable Henry Tifi Enosa (Faleata Outpost)
– Commissioned Officer of the Year- Inspector Albert Matautia (General Policing Unit)
– Leadership Award- Inspector Fa’amatala Ese Va’alele (Traffic Enforcement Unit)
– Courage and Bravery Award- Corporal Poasa Siale & Constable Fereti Malaki.
– Committee’s Choice Award- Timothy Perefoti Komiti (ICT)
– Unit/Station/Post of the Year- Traffic Enforcement Unit
This special event was then concluded with the Royal Police Band and members performing their Day to Christmas performance.
Malo lava le tautua i le tatou Matagaluega! Vi’ia le Ali’i.
Manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou. 🎄🥳