Matautu, Samoa – Monday, June 17, 2024 – Commissioner of Police, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo officially opened the joint CHOGM Security Preparations Mock Exercise this morning.

This week’s exercise begins with an intensive two-day training program focused on Command, Control, and Coordination (C3) and ICCS Plus at the Training Facility in Matautu. This essential training involves all Executive and Senior Management Members of the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services (SPPCS) and is designed to enhance SPPCS’s capability and preparedness for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The C3/ICCS plus basic training is vital in SPPCS’s ongoing efforts to ensure a high level of readiness for both planned and unforeseen incidents, operations, and events. The Command Learning Continuum, which forms the framework of this training, provides crucial insights into the different command levels necessary to respond efficiently. This framework not only strengthens the command culture within the Samoa Police Service but also offers a structured pathway for ongoing learning and the development of command qualifications.

C3 is a vital component of law enforcement operations, particularly under unfamiliar or uncertain circumstances. The ability to rely on established routines and structures with well-trained personnel who understand their roles is critical. This training ensures that all participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in security situation.

Following the C3/ICCS plus training will be the tabletop exercise on Wednesday with other members of the CHOGM Security sub-committee participating as observers. A field mock exercise is schedule later on in the week with simulation scenarios to test the learnings of SPPCS Commanders.

Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services acknowledges the ongoing support of the Australian Federal Police, Australia Defense Force, New Zealand Police, and the New Zealand Defense Force for leading and facilitating this week’s exercise.

The involvement of our international partners underscores the importance of international and regional collaboration in building the capacity of SPPCS and the preparedness of Samoa’s security for CHOGM.

This initiative reflects SPPCS’s commitment to maintaining public safety and order through continuous professional development and international cooperation.