Samoa's Prime Minister has officially opened the new head office of the Pacific Trans-national crime co-ordination centre or PTCC in Samoa's capital, Apia.
The centre was until recently housed in Fiji but the situation in that country since the 2006 coup has led to its relocation.
PTCC is chiefly funded by Australia, and will be used as a base to tackle transnational crime in the region.
At the opening ceremony Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the relocation of the PTCC to Samoa was because of the political stability in his country.
The ceremony was also attended by Australia's Minister of Home Affairs.