Tonga police

Tongan mum arrested over alleged abuse of child

The alleged incident came to light after a post was widely circulated on social media on Friday, 15 January 2021.

Police were informed of a viral post on Facebook last Friday that allegedly shows the mother abusing her child.

Police Commissioner, Tevita Vailea directed a police investigation which resulted in the child being removed to a safer place and the mother was arrested.

“Every child has the right to feel safe and no child should know what it’s like to be abused.”

Another suspect arrested over spate of armed robberies in Tongatapu

The suspect, a 26-year-old man from Pea was arrested from an area between Pea and Tokomololo.

Police have thanked the public for all the help and assistance during this investigation.

Earlier in the week, two men wearing masks broke into shops and stole and goods.

The suspects were armed with a machete and a piece of metal during the robberies.

One suspect was arrested at Fangaloto where police also retrieved some of the stolen goods and cash and the machete.

Tonga Police records increase in arrests during festive season

The number of arrests had increased compared to 177 arrests in the previous year.

The arrests were made during ‘Operation Finau’ that was activated from 21 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

Most of arrests were of related to minor crimes such as being drunk in public places and disorderly behavior that resulted in  143 people being arrested.

Twenty arrests were in relation to serious crimes, 44 arrests were for traffic violations and 21 arrests were in relation to Domestic Violence.

Tonga’s teen death ruled confirmed as suicide

 The boy has been discovered to be 19 years old.

The Tonga Police received the report at 10:00pm, December 25 and attended the scene.

Police also confirmed that there was no suspicious circumstances were found during the police investigation.


Tonga Police engage school students in awareness programme

Tonga Police Assistant Chief Inspector Manoa Sili conducted the workshop on behalf of the Crime Prevention group.

He also carried out assessments on Community Patrol Posts and conducted training on the role of volunteers, Protection Orders and Law and Order.

Issues mostly raised by the communities during Tonga Police visits were on the existence of drugs and the impact it has on their children and youths, alcohol related crimes, bullying in schools as well as social media bullying.

Tonga Police search for missing diver

Although nothing had been found their search continued, Police confirmed to continue searching. 

The body of another 37-year-old diver found Tuesday morning, July 7 has been identified as ‘Iteni Latu.

Both men went out diving for sea cucumber near ‘Oneata Island on Monday, July 6. Tonga Police were notified later that night, that they had not returned.

Both men are from Patangata.


Tongan man pleads guilty to bribing police officer

Fili Ta'ai of Ngele’ia will be sentenced on June 25.

Prosecution said, the accused accepted that on July 3, 2019, while in police custody, he arranged through another person to give a police officer one box of chicken, one 6lb corned beef and three plastic bags of sweet potatoes, as an inducement for the officer to try and get him released on bail.  

The police officer immediately reported the matter to his superiors and an investigation started, resulting in this charge.

Police launched homicide investigation after a 27-year-old died on Sunday

Police was called to a residence at Haveluloto on Saturday morning 9th of May, where a man was found critically injured. Police rushed him to the hospital, and he passed away on Sunday 10th May 2020.

A 37-year-old man was arrested from the scene on Saturday and have been charged with murder and is currently under police custody.

This is the first homicide for the year.

Police investigation continues.


Tonga police continue to target drug dealers during lockdown

All eight were for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and were men aged between 26 and 49.

Police seized 1.67 grams of meth, nearly 21 grams of cannabis as well as drug utensils and more than $US255 in cash.


High-visibility policy reduces holiday crime - Tonga police

Operation Fuavai made 177 arrests between 23 December and 6 January, nearly 100 less than the previous year at the same time.

And the road toll for the entire year was four compared to 22 in 2018.

Acting Deputy Commissioner 'Atunaisa Taumoepeau said from the middle of last year, patrols had been boosted, particularly around the capital of Nuku'alofa.

"Our tactical response unit and all supporting units assist our general business area on the weekend and since then we see that the people are getting more used to that.