26 Nov 2007

American Samoa's Police Commissioner demands knowledge of all arrest warrants

11:37 am on 26 November 2007

American Samoa's Police Commissioner,

Sotoa Saval, has made it mandatory that he or the

Deputy Commissioner be notified of all arrest warrants

after they are issued by the court.

The Police Commissioner says officers have got into the habit of going to the Attorney General's Office for the processing of arrest warrants instead of going through the normal route.

At times, Sotoa says an assistant attorney general

calls and demands a police report so an arrest warrant can be processed.

He says it is a standing policy that no police report

leaves the department without his approval or the

deputy commissioner.

Violation of the directive will be considered a disciplinary matter.