27 Dec 2017

American Samoa policing at full strength over festivities

12:00 pm on 27 December 2017

American Samoa's Department of Public Safety is back to three shifts a day with the addition of more than two dozen new police officers.

The Commissioner of Public Safety Le'i Sonny Thompson said people can expect an increased presence of police during the holiday period.

An officer shortage in the past meant no leave for officers over the Christmas and New Year periods but the latest recruits from the 26th Police Academy brought in a return to eight hour shifts and no leave restrictions.

Le'i said the police would be conducting checks including for drunk drivers, expired licenses, seat belts and child safety seats.

He's called for people to co-operate in making the festive season safe and peaceful.