Preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa are in full swing, with assurances from the Samoa Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, that international officers deployed for the event will not carry firearms.

Responding to inquiries, Commissioner Auapa’au emphasised that all participating countries have been informed that their officers will not require arms while in Samoa for the high-level delegation meeting.

“We have communicated this requirement, and there has been no objection from any delegation, indicating their confidence in our security arrangements,” stated Auapa’au.

While reiterating Samoa’s capability to address any potential threats during CHOGM, Auapa’au mentioned that representatives from police departments of New Zealand and Australia have been actively collaborating with Samoa’s Ministry of Police to enhance safety measures.

In terms of security protocols, Auapa’au clarified that if officers from visiting countries prefer to bring firearms, they are permitted to transport them on private jets but are prohibited from bringing them into Samoa. This approach ensures compliance with local regulations while maintaining security standards.

According to Auapa’au, Samoa will host a contingent of international support, including 20 officers from Tonga, 30 from Fiji, 100 from New Zealand, and 50 from Australia. Additionally, auxiliary police volunteers will bolster local law enforcement efforts during the event.

“We are confident in our preparations to ensure a safe and successful CHOGM,” affirmed Commissioner Auapa’au, underscoring the commitment to maintaining peace and security throughout the duration of the prestigious gathering.

With less than four months remaining until CHOGM convenes in October, Samoa continues to refine its security strategies to uphold the integrity of the event and safeguard all participants and residents alike.