Sixty-five men and women have sworn to serve and protect Samoa as Police and Correction Officers with the Ministry of Police and Prisons.
On Friday families and friends gathered at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) building to witness the new recruits’ graduation.
“These young men and women have now become Samoa Police and Correction Officers after seventeen weeks of vigorous training and assessments. The recruiting class of 2022 originally totaled seventy (70) however, five withdrew from the process,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry.
Rev. Dr Siaosi Sasulu led the ceremony with an invocation.
“He emphasized the theme “amoina o le fale fētāfa’i. Conveying the significance of their calling, being honest and reverence to their parents, families, and villages. He concluded the sermon with words of encouragement, reminding these men and women, “that in times of trials and tribulations of the job, always remember that God is carrying your load with you.”
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa delivered the keynote address, and reminded the graduates that they have become “Malu o le Malo– “you are the people’s refuge”
Commissioner of Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo congratulated the graduates. He also acknowledged its partners, government ministries and NGOs for making the time to assist SPPCS.
He also acknowledged the families and community as their sons and daughters underwent training to become fully pledged officers for Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services.
The Recruit Class comprised of 43 Police Officers and 22 Correction Officers.
Twenty-eight are females and thirty-seven (37) are males.
The ceremony saw four (4) recruit members walk home with SPPCS special prizes;
Correction Officer Kuresa Fa’aeteete
Constable Elina Tapu
Principal Correction Officer Aviata Foleni
Outstanding Academic Achievement:
Correction Officer Fetausia’i Fa’avae