Public Security & the Rule of Law in Haiti Since 2012

The Office of Citizen Protection (OPC) in association with the State University of Haiti (UEH) has presented a report on the role of development played by the National Police of Haiti (PNH) while providing public security and governing laws in Haiti since 2012. The report has been prepared, based on the conversations with the law enforcing authorities directly engaged in the process deployed in Port-au-Prince and in the South Department and the report also reveals the challenges they have faced while discharging their responsibilities.


The report validates the ground on which the United Nation and the PNH had undertaken the implementation of the PNH Development Plan in 2012 and that included issues like, recruitment of agents, their professional and advancement training, monitoring ethical values among the enforcement staff and other specialized units.
However, the report suggests a few shortcomings in the achievements. They are: (a) Expected growth of the workforce (particularly women personnel) could not be achieved and deployed as per requirement in the provinces; (b) Some units of the law enforcement were overused; (c) Community police section could not be properly institutionalized; (d) Failure to properly tackle the gender base violence; (e) Lack of budgetary compliance; and (f) Limited cooperation with the organizations of civil society.

The report has been concluded with a set of suggestions to build a sustainable police force which would be more functional in maintaining a fair and law abiding environment in the country in the context of the conditional withdrawal of the MINUSTAH in 2016.

The report was produced as part of the project "Public Safety and Rule of Law in Haiti", under funding of Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) through the Regional Office for the Caribbean. It was presented by professors Yves Saisiné (State University of Haiti) and Stephen Baranyi (University of Ottawa) with the assistance of students from the Faculty of Ethnology /UEH (Samantha St-Ange, Wilfrid Thelusma and Barbara Berlus).

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