Haiti National Police (PNH) with modern and brand new armory

As a step toward securing Haiti's borders and managing large scale domestic clashes--including attacks on the National Place--the Haiti National Police (PNH) now has access to three new armories.

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The three arsenals have been made possible by the tripartite partnership of United Mines Action Service (UNMAS); United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MUNUSTAH); and the PNH, with the support of the government of Haiti (GOH). The launching ceremony took place at the Haitian Police Academy.

Funded to the tune of $900,000 and administered by UNMAS, the armories are constructed of reinforced concrete, accomplished by the erection of iron columns (rebar) that become the support the cement is built around. It offers an impenetrable barrier that makes impossible theft and weapons loss. The project took four months to complete.

Part of the armory project has also been to instruct PNH officers on arms management and small artillery control, and arms destruction. UNMAS's comprehensive plan included performing a national needs assessment on storage security.

UN Police Director, Serge Therriault, stated ". . . this project will lead (to) the reduction in the proliferation of arms trafficking and . . . increase . . . controls . . . within the PNH and . . . civil society . . ."

Armories are storage facilities where manufacturing of artillery, their maintenance, repair, and issuance are done. Sub-armories also exist and their function is for temporary storage and use at predetermined periods of time.

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