15 Jan 2010

American Samoa announces changes to top investigative unit

11:12 am on 15 January 2010

American Samoa's police commissioner Tuaolo M. Fruean has announced personnel changes to the Department of Public Safety's top investigative unit.

The Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Bureau (CIIB) has been headed by Police Commander Va'aomala Sunia for more than a decade but in a memo dated January 8th is transferred out of the bureau to oversee the police research and training unit.

Sunia will report directly to the commissioner's office.

Togiola also says an administration bill will be submitted to the Fono for the establishment of certification standards to establish a baseline training program for every law enforcement officer in the territory.

Replacing Sunia as head of CIIB is Police Captain Lavata'i Ta'ase Sagapolutele, formerly in charge of the traffic division.

Sagapolutele was previously a team member of CIIB but was transferred to the Traffic Division a few years ago.