RAMSI’s regional nature is its core underlying strength with the mission benefiting from the diverse cultures and experience of the contributing members. Since the arrival of RAMSI in 2003, thousands of police, military and civilian personnel from across the region have served with RAMSI and worked side by side with Solomon Islanders.
Samoa has played a key role in RAMSI since its inception in July 2003. Prior to transition in July 2013, Samoans did occupy some civilian roles to help with the long term strengthening of Solomon Islands. They continue to provide police officers as part of the Participating Police Force. They bring their skills in general duties and community policing to assist the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force but also thanks to their experience in Solomon Islands take more skills back home to the Samoan Police Force.
Samoa is a Polynesian Pacific country northeast of Fiji. Samoa consists of four inhabited and five uninhabited islands. The capital Apia is located on Upolu, the most populous and developed of the islands. Upolu and Savai’i, the other main island, account for 99 per cent of Samoa’s 195 000 population. In 1962, Samoa became the first Pacific island country to achieve independence.