2 Dec 2013

Former American top cop against arming police force

2:46 pm on 2 December 2013

A former American Samoa police commissioner Aumoeualogo Te'o Fuavai is calling for the Department of Public Safety not to rush into arming police officers.

This comes after the department received a shipment of 24 Glock-17 guns, with the police commissioner William Haleck planning to start training some officers by the middle of 2014.

Aumoeualogo says the arming should be deferred until there is solid evidence of a need to do so such as a major crime wave involving the use of guns.

He says so far he has not seen this type of evidence

He also says years ago officers were armed but the practice was discontinued because they were not ready.