15 October 2009
On Thursday, 15th October 2009, Tonga Police opens its third Community Police Post in Popua. This post opening follows the 6th October 2009 launch of the Tonga Police Community Policing Strategy with the opening of Police Posts in Lapaha and Kolovai.
The framework for this initiative, Ma'uma'uluta was identified during the Tonga Police National Consultation and Community Perception Survey early in 2009. This framework will ensure that our police will respond to our community needs through our culture. Tonga Police will work closely with community leaders and village security to make our communities safer.
The key principles for the Ma'uma'uluta framework are to create alliances for safer communities through relationship building, the strategic alignment of people and resources and strengthening leadership at the local government level. The key participants at the village level include the community police officer, local noble of the realm, town and district officers, village security personnel and other senior members of the community - all being the ‘keepers of the land'.
In opening this new police post the Tonga Police also introduces its Community Police Officer for Popua - Lance Corporal Uasi Halasima. His role is to help make Popua a safer and better place to live.
The implementation of this strategy has been led by Assistant Police Commander Soakai Motu'apuaka, supported by Assistant Chief Inspector ‘Emaloni Tongi and Australian and New Zealand Police advisors.
More community police post openings will occur and it is hoped that this strategy will eventually be rolled out throughout the Kingdom of Tonga.