12 Dec 2014

Samoa seeking new police commissioner

5:26 pm on 12 December 2014

Almost a year after the suspension of Samoa's former police commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, applications are being sought to fill the position.

Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo

Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

In September, the government upheld a recommendation by a Commission of Inquiry to terminate the service of Lilomaiava because he breached his duties.

It was the result of a separate Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption and abuse of power in the management of Tafaigata prison.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says it's hoped a new police commissioner will bring a fresh start for the ministry of police.

"That's the hope of some of the other senior police officers that I was able to talk to. They're hoping and look forward to have someone new who can manage to have a clean up in the house, alleged corruption in the ministry of police, and also other problems faced by the ministry itself."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says local and overseas applications are welcome.