7 Dec 2012

Samoa police seek help to improve response to public disorder

2:38 pm on 7 December 2012

Police from Australia and New Zealand are helping assess the capability of Samoa police to respond effectively to public disorder.

A series of recent violent village incidents prompted a request from the Samoa government for assistance to improve its ability to respond.

A joint media statement says the assessment aims to identify potential areas to build police capacity to respond effectively and safely to public disorder and incidents involving firearms.

The visiting police will help in the development of policies, training and practices relating to public order management and the use of force options.

Samoa's police commissioner, Lilomaiava Suemalo Fou Taioalo, says maintaining public order in situations involving large numbers of people is an essential role for all police forces.