DPS officers honored during awards ceremony

DPS officers Savelio Vaifanua (left) and Pepe Mann beaming, after the DPS awards ceremony Friday morning. . [photo: AF]

American Samoa was blessed in 2011 with no fatalities on the public highway compared to the previous years was the message from Program Coordinator for Highway Safety with the Department of Public Safety, Fred Scanlan during the police awards ceremony held at the Central Station yesterday morning.

The awards program is part of an initiative implemented by Police Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean to award officers based, among other things, on work performance, and professionalism in carrying out their duties.

Commissioner Tuaolo praised the police officers for their hard work in the community during the recent holiday enforcement and also on a daily basis.

Speaking at the ceremony Tuaolo reminded the officers that their service of protecting the community is now being well recognized.

“Recognizing the police officers' hard work has been long overdue, and receiving recognition and certificates will be of good use, if any police officer wishes to switch careers, these certificates will speak for you,” said Commissioner Tuaolo. 

When presenting the awards, Commissioner Tuaolo challenged the other officers to work hard and honestly in carrying out their duties with the goal of protecting the community.

Criminal Investigation Division Captain, Police Det. Vaina Vaofanua, was presented the “Detective of the Year 2011” award. He was also the Detective of the 2nd Quarter in 2011.

CID Captain Lavatai Taase Sagapolutele told Samoa News, with more than 700 criminal cases the CID came across, Det. Vaofanua worked on more than 200 of those cases, and 70 of those cases, were prosecuted.

Police Det. Siliaivao Sea received the “Dedicated and Devoted Detective of the Year 2011” award. Detective of the 4th Quarter of 2011 was awarded to Police Det. Poutoa I’amanu.

Capt Sagapolutele said Det Sea is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Whenever detectives are called in for a case, Det Sea is there at the scene”.

The CID Captain added he’s fortunate to have hard working detectives on his team to put criminals away.

Traffic division's officer Savelio Vaofanua received the “Police Officer of the Month Award” for January. He also received an award for the most arrests for drunk drivers during the Holiday Enforcement.

Traffic Division head Lieutenant John Cendrowski said Officer Vaofanua brought in 11 DUI’s.

Police officer Pepe Mann received the award for the most traffic citations issued during the enforcement. “Officer Mann issued 333 traffic citations, outstanding job he did”, said Lt Cendrowski.

The traffic police officer of November 2011 was awarded to Police Officer Mareko Fale.


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