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DPS opens Leone sub-station with personnel reshuffling

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A milestone will be established in the Department of Public Safety with the opening of the Leone Sub-Station today, located next to the old Leone dispensary.

“We owe it to our community especially with the rise of criminals and population” said Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean in a memorandum which assigns personnel with the patrol division to the new substation that is causing a lot of talk within DPS.

Tuaolo’s major reshuffling left some police officers happy with the changes while other officers are disappointed to be assigned to the new sub-station. Calls to Deputy Commissioner Leiseau Laumoli and Commissioner Tuaolo were not answered as of press time.

According to the memorandum “sometimes as leaders we have to adapt, improvise, and overcome to accomplish our mission with less resources.”

Tuaolo said the reshuffling was carefully sorted out to maintain balance, discipline, and supervision and this caused the shifting of personnel in other substations to support the Leone sub station with the exception of the east substation.

The Leone Substation is in addition to the East and West Substations serving the population of the territory. The Leone Sub-station will be headed by Capt. Lima Togia, who’s a retired soldier.

Togia has served within DPS as traffic officer, patrol officer, Det. Sgt. with the Criminal Investigation Division for 11 years, and headed the Vice and Narcotics at one time. He was also training officer and Instructor for the 23rd Police Academy, which graduated close to 30 new police officers.

Togia declined to comment when contacted by Samoa News about his new post. He will be working together with Lt Fimasasa Malaefono who was with Marine Patrol and is now one of the watch commanders, as are Lt. Maturoa Ta’afau and Sgt. Abel Penetusi.

There are nine police officers assigned to the Leone Sub Station. Long time traffic officer Sgt. Mary Le’iato is now assigned to be a watch commander for the one of the shifts with the Central Station.

Det. Amani Fatuesi has been moved from Vice and Narcotics to the patrol division. Sgt. Le’iato will be working together with Lt. Arieta Salanoa and Lt. Sala Falelua as leaders of the Central Station. There are 29 police officers working at the patrol division within Central Station.

Capt. Fo’ifua Jr. remains as the Commander for the West Substation, working with three watch commanders, Lt. Solova’a Mageo, Lt. Ruta Letuli and Sg.t Vaina Vaofanua, and 16 police officers.



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