Close Personal Protection Training Concludes with Ceremony.

This afternoon, on Friday, April 19th, 2024, the Close Personal Protection (CPP) training program culminated in a solemn closing ceremony, marking the end of an intensive two-week course. Inspector Maseiga Lauina initiated the proceedings with a poignant devotion, setting the tone for an event brimming with significance.

The presence of high-ranking officials from the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services (SPPCS) Executive underscored the importance of the occasion. Their attendance not only signaled support for the participants but also highlighted the commitment of the organization to enhancing the capabilities of its personnel.

CPP instructor, Senior Sergeant Junior Afereti, delivered a comprehensive report on the training, offering insights into the rigorous curriculum that encompassed both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Throughout the program, participants demonstrated unwavering dedication, navigating through challenging scenarios with commendable proficiency.

Instructor Senior Sergeant Afereti emphasized the perishable nature of acquired skills, urging participants to remain diligent in their practice beyond the training period. He reiterated the significance of leveraging their newfound knowledge judiciously, underscoring the responsibility that comes with their roles.

Acting Commissioner Papali’i Monalisa Tia’i-Keti graced the event as the keynote speaker, delivering a message steeped in encouragement and conviction. She emphasized the pivotal role of CPP training in equipping participants for their duties, particularly in light of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Emphasizing discipline as a hallmark of Samoan identity, she stressed the importance of officers’ comportment both on and off duty.

“The way Samoans speak, walk, and act reflects their character,” she remarked, reminding officers of the profound impact their demeanor has on public perception. The presence of the Executive members served as a testament to the recognition of officers’ hard work and dedication, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to its personnel.

In closing, Acting Commissioner Tia’i-Keti extended her congratulations to the participants, commending them for their achievements. She also expressed gratitude to the cadre of instructors for their invaluable contributions to the success of the program. With the ceremony officially concluded, participants departed with a renewed sense of purpose, equipped to uphold the principles of CPP with unwavering dedication.