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Three female police officers arrested over the weekend; held at TCF

DPS headquarters in Fagatogo.

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three female police officers were arrested and placed in custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) early Sunday morning for traffic violations including driving under the influence of alcohol.

The trio is scheduled to appear in District Court this morning for their initial appearance where the driver will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), while the other two female officers will be charged with possessing open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.

A source told Samoa News that the arrest of a police officer for any crime is a shame on the whole Department of Public Safety because police officers are sworn to uphold the law and the public looks up at them as good role models. Their job is to enforce the law, prevent crimes, respond to emergencies and provide support services.

“I salute all men and women in the blue uniforms for dedicating their lives to service and to protecting this community. Unfortunately, a few officers fail to do their part and as a result, they are arrested and charged according to the law,” said one retired police officer.