Launch of Breath Analysis Calibration Capability at Scientific Research of Samoa (SROS)

Apia, Samoa – May 1st, 2024 – Earlier today, a significant milestone in Samoa’s law enforcement and public health efforts was achieved with the official launch of the Breath Analysis Calibration Capability at the Scientific Research of Samoa (SROS). This groundbreaking ceremony, graced by esteemed dignitaries and officials, marks a pivotal moment in Samoa’s pursuit of justice and community well-being.

Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo of the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services (SPPCS), alongside members of the SPPCS Executive and Senior Management, joined hands with Australian High Commissioner H.E Will Robinson, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan APM, and AFP members, along with Hon. La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, in commemorating this auspicious occasion.

H.E Will Robinson, in his remarks, emphasized the significance of the partnership between Samoa and Australia in combating drug-related crimes and addressing alcohol-related issues. He reiterated Australia’s steadfast commitment to supporting Samoa in addressing challenges related to substance abuse through collaborative endeavors.

The Breath Analysis Calibration Capability, made possible through the joint efforts and support of both nations, signifies a critical advancement in Samoa’s forensic and public health capabilities. These state-of-the-art equipment will play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficacy of Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services, particularly in the detection and management of narcotics and alcohol-related cases within Samoa.

Moreover, this cutting-edge technology not only strengthens the capabilities of SROS but also empowers SPPCS in their relentless pursuit of justice and safety for the Samoan community.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Samoan government, Hon. La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, extended heartfelt appreciation to the Australian High Commissioner, AFP delegations, and the Government of Australia for their invaluable contribution to Samoa’s law enforcement infrastructure. This gesture underscores the enduring partnership and mutual commitment between the two nations towards safeguarding the well-being and security of the Samoan people.

The launch of the Breath Analysis Calibration Capability marks a significant step forward in Samoa’s efforts to combat narcotic and alcohol-related crimes, underscoring the power of collaboration, innovation, and international solidarity in tackling complex societal challenges.