Security preparations for Pacific Games well under way

With events spread across 20 venues, more than 4,000 athletes and officials moving about, and large spectator crowds expected, security is a priority at the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.

There will be a “high-priority policing presence” around Upolu where almost all of the events will be held, and in Savai’I where boxing will be staged, said Security Coordinator, Detective Inspector Ituau Ale Jr from the Samoa Police Service.

Police teams will be stationed at airports, competition venues and accommodation for Games-related duties. Other police will provide logistics support.

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“Our country and our culture are the backbone of what we do, so without them this task is impossible.  We are sons and daughters of Samoa. We want the safety and security of Samoa to remain intact prior during and after the Games,” he says.

He added: “The SPS will work collectively with Government and partner agencies, notably at the border, to prevent, deter and detect any unlawful activities. The SPS will remain vigilant prior to and during the Games.”

Almost 700 police officers have been training for more than a year for duties during the Games. And recruits who are training now will graduate before the Games so that they are ready. “We would like to acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture who are providing teachers to be part of the SPS in an Auxiliary police role,” he said.

Ituau also reminded the public that the safety and security of the Games is the responsibility of all Samoans. “Samoa We On,” he said.