9 Mar 2007

American Samoa Senate to investigate accusations about police academy recruitment

10:32 am on 9 March 2007

The American Samoan Senate Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday regarding the hiring of recruits for the territory's new police academy.

The Committee chairman Fa'amausili Mau Mau Jr., called the hearing after he and other senators received complaints regarding the way the cadets were recruited.

The Senator said reports received by his office and other Senators suggested that relatives of certain ranking government officials had been recruited.

The Police Commissioner Sotoa Savali, Human Resources director Mageo Malu and members of the board who conducted interviews have been called to attend the hearing.

The police academy officially started on Monday with 30 cadets, but deputy police commissioner Mike Fuiava said another 60 cadets are needed to address the department's needs