14 Jun 2007

Samoa police seek more officers for SPG

1:05 pm on 14 June 2007

Samoa police are to seek extra manpower from former police association members.

Samoa's ministry of police and prisons is looking for 150 more police recruits to work as auxiliary members of the force to help maintain law and order and security during the South Pacific Games.

The head of the police security division for the games, Misa Tala'imanu, says the approach for extra police was first made to the former police association but most ex-police officers are over 50 years of age and no longer meet the age requirements.

The 150 extra officers will join the current 416 police officers on a temporary basis and wll be trained and briefed before they start their duties on August the 22nd.

Most of the auxiliary police officers will be looking after the security of games venues and the athlete's village.

The government has allocated 250,000 US dollars for police security at the games.