New Samoa Police Commissioner Promises Changes

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New levels of transparency and accountability

By Sarai Ripine

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, April 11, 2014) – The new man at the helm of the Ministry of Police has promised a new level of transparency and accountability from the Samoan Police Force. Police Commissioner Egon Keil made the promise at Mulinu’u yesterday after he was sworn in by District Court Judge, Mata Tuatagaloa.

Mr. Keil, whose appointment was approved by Cabinet last month, was well supported by his relatives, friends and colleagues when he took his oath.

"I am very grateful and I am humbled by this honour,"

he told the media after the ceremony.

"I will hold myself accountable to this calling and I will hold all my staff below me accountable.

"There is going to be a lot of changes in terms of hiring and recruitment as well as internal training.

"I want to ensure a professional organisation and an organization that is accountable to the people and that is transparent and one that will investigate crimes and limit the crime in this country." A father of two and a member of the LDS Church, Mr. Keil hails from the villages of Malololelei, Manono and Palauli. The Commissioner is the son of Tualagi Rasmussen and businessman, Maposua Rudolph Keil.

"There are a lot of things that I need to look at like training policies, hiring recruitment, partnerships, what the assets are and I might have to do a lot of rearranging," he said.

"It wasn’t easy getting here and it took me a long time to get here but once again thank you Samoa." Mr. Keil acknowledged his parents, siblings, relatives and friends for their support.

He also thanked the government and Cabinet for having faith in his ability to carry out the job.

At the time of his appointment, Mr. Keil was a member of the Board of Directors for the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority and owns the Speedy Auto Care Limited Samoa.

He joins the Samoa Police Force well prepared.

He worked in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as Assistant Watch Commander (Sergeant II) from 2005 to 2012.

From 2001 to 2005, he worked as a LAPD Field Patrol Supervisor (Sergeant I). Mr. Keil started his career in the LAPD in 1995 after serving one year as Prison Guard in the Department of Corrections for the State of Utah.

Mr. Keil holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (Honors) from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson.

He was also specially trained by the LAPD in Disaster Management, Conflict Resolution, Advanced Internal Affairs Investigation, Crime Scene Management, Community Relations and many other specialty fields; in Outside Agency training and certification in Airport Security Management, Emergency Management System, Shooting Incident Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction to name a few.

Mr. Keil had worked in specialised positions in the LAPD including as Professional Standards Bureau liaison to the Use of Force Review Board.

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