Haiti National Police, 1058 new officers, including 111 women

The National Police of Haiti (NPH) are fulfilling the mandate of the government of Haiti's Development Plan of 2012-2016 NPH. It has graduated the first class of police cadets, a total of 1,058, 111 of them female.


The new graduates went through a strenuous program, logging in 507 hours on the topics of police science and human rights under international law, as well as 538 hours of training in traffic management, self-defense techniques, first aid, and weapons use. The program ran nine months.

Since the NPH training program began in 1995, it is only the second instance that such a large graduating class has been prepared in such a brief span of time. It is also the largest number of female cadets graduated, 10% of total enrollment. Godson Orélus, NPH Director General, wants that the numbers of female cadets be increased significantly in each succeeding class.

The long-term goal of the Development Plan 2012-2016 NPH is to have 15,000 police on the streets of large metro areas in Haiti by 2016. In order to achieve this goal, the NPH Academy must graduate 1,000 police cadets each year. Helping the NPH Academy to meet this standard is the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti's (MINUSTAH) police force, UNPOL.

Present at the graduation ceremony to congratulate the 24th Promotion Class were President Martelly, leaders of Parliament, government ministers, senior officers of NPH, and members of the international community, most notably Carl Alexander, MINUSTAH Deputy Head.

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