Samoa Police Called In As Temporary Prison Guards

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Follows mass prison escape and recapture

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 7, 2015) – An assistant police commissioner in Samoa and ten other senior officers are providing security back up at Tafa'igata prison after ten prisoners escaped.

The inmates escaped from one of the prison cell blocks last Saturday night after drilling a hole in a concrete wall.

They were recaptured by police after two days on the run.

The police spokesperson, Su'a Muli'aga Tiumalu, says the temporary security assistance will enable the police to share their experience after managing Samoa's prisons for many years.

Last year the Government set up a separate division to run the prison service.

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