The Police celebrated sweet success at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s Youth hall yesterday.
The occasion was the official announcement of 105 Police officers who have been promoted within the Ministry, the highest number of officers promoted during a single event.
Six officers were promoted to the rank of Superintendent, 10 became Inspectors, 15 as Senior Sergeants, 34 as Sergeants and 40 officers became Corporals.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the Police Minister, congratulated the newly appointed officers.
He also reminded them about their oath.
“Whatever role or assignment that’s been given to you; make sure you fulfill it with honesty,” Tuilaepa said.
“I also want to remind you of the oath that you took that you will faithfully serve the Independent State of Samoa without being prejudice, selfish or irreverent. In the last sentence it says ‘so help me God.’
“So remember these words. Remember, your duty is to protect the people of Samoa and do the right thing.”
The promotion is the result of a six-month selection process.
“This is to ensure a fair and transparent process,” said a statement from the Police.
“It is the first time in the Samoa Police Service history where more than hundred officers were promoted through one selection process.
“The promotion of officers aligns the ranking structure of the Samoa Police in order to meet its service delivery. A total of 15 female officers have been promoted and 90 male officers.”
Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, congratulated the promoted officers.
“The biggest challenge for the newly promoted officers is to ensure that Samoa Police Service provides a professional policing service to achieve its end goal and that is for a safer Samoa.
“Congratulations to all the newly appointed officers.”