North Department First to Receive Tourist Police Unit

As part of a master plan to build up the tourism industry in Haiti, the government of Haiti (GOH) has established the Tourist Police, POLITOUR. POLITOUR is a special unit of the Haitian National Police (HNP), created to insure the safety and security of visiting tourists.


Commissioner and POLITOUR Director, Carl Boucher, made a presentation on POLITOUR. On hand for the presentation were North Regional Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Etienne; Cap-Haitien Municipal Association; North Vice-Delegate; Ministry Director of Planning and External Cooperation; and a rep of the North HNP. Boucher discussed formation of the special unit, and how it will be developed into an effective policing body. Its first assignment is the North Department. After testing, POLITOUR will be rolled out in well-populated tourist areas across the island.

The priorities of POLITOUR are to protect, monitor, and oversee all tourist sites. A secondary function will be to act as docents at cultural and historical places of interest. Boucher emphasized activities of POLITOUR would be carried out in a manner consistent with the GOH's desire for optimum economic growth in the tourism sector. The first graduating class of 57 agents occurred on World Tourism Day, sponsored through the World Tourism Organization.

Minister Etienne says the importance of POLITOUR to support the growth of tourism in North Department cannot be overestimated. She is proud of the North Ministry of Tourism's role in bringing more tourists to the area to "live the experience!"

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