Since 2015 began and news of the continued delay in elections meant that parliament would be dissolved and the nation's head, President Michel Martelly, would be free to rule by presidential decree, the atmosphere has been tense and the streets peppered with coordinated demonstrations put on by the opposition. Added to that catalyst is the government's recent adjustment to the fuel prices, which saw the public incurring more cost as the government shed some of its bills accrued from subsidizing the gas prices. The unrest caused by these two events, which both lead to the public's dissatisfaction with the ruling administration, led to sometimes violent and fiery protests, which warranted the national police to better arm themselves.
When you think things are settled in the case of Jean Bertrand Aristide, something unexpected arises. Former President Jean Bertrand Aristide is expected o be in court tomorrow, Friday October 10, 2014, whether he wants it or not. According to HCNN, Judge Lamarre Belizaire just issued an extraction order to the Police Chief Godson Orelus to make certain that the Haitian Police bring Mr. Aristide on that date.
The Order of extraction has for objective to ensure that the police brings the former Haitian President in front of him on Friday, at 10:00 am.
Will this really happen?
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.
As per the announcement of Emmanuel Corvil, the Inspector of Police and the Chief of Service Staff from the National Police Academy, in accordance with the guidelines for recruitment that became effective from 1999, the Haitian government will recruit 1000 new police officers in the 2013-14 academic year. This appointment is a part of the planned program under the 'National Development Plan of Police (2012-2016)' to recruit 1000 new police officers every year.
Any aspiring candidate, regardless of gender, may submit own application for the post of "Police Officer" to any of the 16 commissariats within the country or at the departmental directorates of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) excepting the Department of Northwest in Port-de-Paix and Mole Saint-Nicolas.
The 17th anniversary of the SWAT team of the Haitian Nation Police was a noteworthy affair for the Haitian government, as Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe paid a visit also in his capacity as the National Police's Superior Council President. Lamothe, in a briefing with the press, stated that the elite team was very important to the Haitian Police and needed the support of leadership in carrying out their duties well. He made the mission of his visit to figure out the requirements of the tactical team and to aid in the beefing up of the nation's security.
After a commencement ceremony scheduled to be held at the end of June 2013, 40 new community law enforcement officers will be unleashed in Delmas, Port-au-Prince. This comes after the weeding out of 150 hopefuls after a 2012 recruitment process to find potential members of the Haitian National Police's (PNH) first Community Policing Unit.
Community policing exists on the belief that collaboration between the police, individuals and organizations within a community can lead to the eventual, if not immediate, controlling of issues of social disorder, crime and the fear of crime. In Haiti, the particular wish is to bring the population, at least for now that of Delmas, closer to the PNH and create a more trusting relationship.
Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide finally has his day in court; however, this is something that might become one of the biggest events of the year. After Jean Claude Duvalier who had his day in court earlier this year, now it is Aristide's turn
I don't know if you have been able to detect trend and similarities within these two highly controversial personalities in Haitian politic, in that I mean Jean Bertrand Aristide and Jean Claude Duvalier, but I do. Let's see:
1) Both Jean Claude Duvalier and Jean Bertrand Aristide have passionate fanatics
Department of Justice (DOJ) Commissioner, Lucmane Delille, and National Police of Haiti (PNH) Commissioner, Gary Desrosiers, recently held a press conference about the gang problem and solutions their agencies are taking to control it.
Lucmane Delille made the announcement DOJ has allied with NPH to combat gang-instigated crime. He emphasized the agencies would pursue all kinds of gang activity to bring the crime rate down and secure neighborhood safety. He insisted the DOH and NPH will not let gangs get away with violating the law without consequences. Gary Desrosiers reinforced the two agencies' commitment to secure the safety of citizens. And to ensure criminal activity does not gain a foothold in any neighborhood.
I do not see the relationship. The former Haitian Police chief Mario Andresol has decided to go to fashion with new clothing line called "My Collection. According to Mario Andresol, this is a collection of clothing and underwear.
The Former Police Chief has developed a reputation in the eyes of many people as one of the best dressed public figures in Haiti.
Here is the video of Mario Andresol Fashion Show of Fine Clothing Line:
Andrésol had been the head of the PNH from 2006 to 2012 with two 3 year mandate renewed in 2009. He left his position as Chief of Police when his term ended on August 18, 2012. Godson Orelius be came the new Police Chief since.
French Ambassador's Ambitious Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Project. In an effort to reduce traffic accidents and improve pedestrian safety, the Ambassador of France, Didier Le Bret, gifted the National Police of Haiti (PNH) with two legacy speed radars and a set of breathalyzers. This bequeathment occurred at the graduation ceremony at the Police Academy, where 17 certified instructors will use the speed traps, while on speed patrol, to detect speeders and administer the breathalyzer test. During the two-week intensive training, two French police and a representative from the UN Police (UNPOL) demonstrated use of the computerized devices.
In a second phase of the traffic and pedestrian safety project, the French Embassy has developed a proactive program for Haitian school children to learn pedestrian traffic safety rules. The training will progress one school at a time, beginning July 27th. In Petion-Ville, instructors will teach the students at Ecole Jules Verne Premier, its pilot school. The trainers will screen a training film and then invite students to share their observations and ask questions. A French UNPOL will moderate the discussion and a pedestrian code of conduct pamphlet will be handed out at the end of the session. The school children will be encouraged to share and discuss the information with their parents and other family members.
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