SIDS VIP Drivers Put Through Their Paces In Samoa

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Specially trained police officers tasked with transporting officials

By Kerstin Ofisa

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, August 5, 2014) – The drivers and the vehicles to be used to transport V.I.P’s during the S.I.D.S Conference were put through their paces yesterday.

The drill was part of many practise runs the specially trained drivers will be put through over the next few days as Samoa picks up the pace of preparations for S.I.D.S.

The drills are being carried out by the Police with assistance from Australia.

"It’s vital that these important people are transported in a professional way," Acting Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, told the Samoa Observer yesterday.

"The drivers who are all police officers have been put through special training and their job is to not only transport our key guests but also look out for their welfare."

"The thing with these vehicles is that it’s not like driving just any other car. So these people have been given plenty of training and they are ready."

More than twenty cars were tested around the town area yesterday.

"We’re not letting anyone else drive the key officials," he said.

"Only police officers who are taking part in the training are the ones who will be driving the officials."

"We pray that the people would assist the police to make their work easier in order to make sure the running of the conference is smooth."

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