28 Apr 2015

Four police officers suspended in Samoa

7:02 am on 28 April 2015

Samoa's new Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, has suspended four officers for allegedly being involved in criminal activities and breaching their duties.

Two senior police officers at the maritime police were arrested last week and charged.

A policewoman and a senior male officer have also been suspended over a breach of duty..

The police chief says the office of the Attorney General is handling the investigations with the Police Professional Standards Unit.

"I hold myself accountable and I'm going to hold everybody in my chain of command as well accountable and this is part of it. It's unfortunate but it's something that needs to be done."

Egon Keil who took up his position two weeks ago.

Samoa's Police Commissioner Egon Keil

Samoa's Police Commissioner Egon Keil Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia