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Samoa's deputy police commissioner wins prestigious award

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's deputy police commissioner has become the first Pacific member of the Australasian Council of Women and Policing to win the prestigious Audrey Fagan Memorial Award.

Papali'i Monalisa Tia'i-Keti was among four Pacific law enforcement members of the council recognized at an event in Sydney, Australia.

The Audrey Fagan Memorial Award recognises outstanding women who have shown exceptional qualities as a mentor, role model and leader of men and women in policing and law enforcement.

The winner is chosen by a selection panel from all the nominees across all award categories.

Tia'i-Keti was commended for her commitment and outstanding determination, resilience and leadership to break through barriers for women in the Samoa police service.

The deputy commissioner told the Samoa Observer it is important for young women to feel empowered by choosing police work as a career.

"Whilst the award is given to me, I feel that it's for all the men and women of the Samoa Police Service and those who believe in our potential and are behind the scenes to support individuals like me.

"I've always wanted to do the best that I can to improve the work of Samoa Police and the standard of our service to our people," she said.

"I do this work to serve. To be recognised is an added bonus."