4 Jul 2006

American Samoan police take report on growing drug problems personally

5:24 pm on 4 July 2006

American Samoa's Police Commander, Va'a Sunia, says the report by a government agency on efforts to combat the drug problem has been seen as an attack on police efforts.

The Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement, or OTICIDE, said in a recent report that the territory is losing the war on drugs.

But Va'a Sunia has rejected the findings from a police point of veiw saying that arrest and convictions rates are going up.

But he says he would like to see the two organisations brought back under the same roof:

"Personally, I would like to seee them the way they used to be, where we could work closely together and be able to do what we do. Becuase of the separation and what we have done over the years, with the separation came the separation of everything else. It hasn't been a very fruitful compromise."

American Samoa's Police Commander, Va'a Sunia