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Australia. 2010 ‘Small Arms Light Weapons and other Related Programmes - Samoa.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA). New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 January
Australia aims to strengthen the Samoan Police force through the Samoa Police Project (SPP). The SPP began in 2004 and in December 2008, AusAID completed the project and handed over to the Australian Federal Police. The project achievements included:
- Completion of the new police Headquarters and armoury offering improved police morale and better access to police services for the community.
- Introduction of a mobile police unit and bicycles increasing police visibility and access through the provision of a police presence in the villages and a more "people friendly" image.
- Launching of a new Samoa Police Corporate Plan (enhancing business planning processes) aligning it with the SPP Annual Plan to ensure progress against the Corporate Plan is monitored, in addition allowing for increased supervisory oversight by managers and the executive
- Implementation of an internal data management system and other administration policies/procedures (in HR and finance) increasing tracking of resources and assisting in picking up fraud and misuse practices
While the initial objective did not have a specific focus on SALW management, there is a correlation with an improved police service and increasing community confidence in the police.