First Promotion of the Educational Community Police (EDUPOL) of PNH

First Promotion of EDUPOL to tackle School Crime and Violence


A new form of community policing is beginning in Haiti with the First Promotion of the Educational Community Police (EDUPOL) under the stewardship of the National Police of Haiti. The graduation ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Evans Paul; UN Special Representative to Haiti, Sandra Honore; National Education Minister, Nesmy Manigat; and Pierre Richard Casimir, Minister of Justice. Of the graduating class of 57, 12 are female.

Before EDUPOL graduates are deployed to educational institutions, they will be given 108 hours of extra training. Once on assignment their tasks will be to apprehend truant students; monitor school zones; conduct conflict mediation; and provide information to students regarding rape, alcohol, and drug abuse.

The UN was credited for its funding support to EDUPOL by Honore, and Manigat similarly acknowledged all investors, who helped to achieve the creation of EDUPOL. He stated the primary goals of EDUPOL were to ". . . prevent drugs and violence in schools, crime, and debauchery . . ."

Casimir acknowledged the New York City Police Department's role in providing training to EDUPOL. In speaking to the graduates he told them, ". . . you are a new kind of police. You are educators and protectors . . ." He added, the country needs ". . . a national surge in the fight against division and violence in our community, including schools . . ."

Paul invited the public, civil, and educational sectors to support EDUPOL in accomplishing its goals.

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