23 Feb 2015

US army help sought by American Samoa police

1:05 pm on 23 February 2015

The new police commander in American Samoa is to seek help from the US Army's military police to set up a criminal intelligence centre.

American Samoa police headquarters

American Samoa police headquarters Photo: Supplied

Save Liuato Tuitele, who used to work for the military police, says the centre would aim to collect and analyse information from community sources to help police solve crime.

Commissioner Save says in American Samoa people are often reluctant to come forward with information.

"The island's too small and everybody knows everybody, so we are trying to set up a programme where we do not disclose their identity but we have to monitor and control who they are."