Crime/Justice

Haiti Police Face Crucial Test With UN Drawdown – ABC News


Their new uniforms clean and crisp, the Haitian officers chat with street vendors and school kids as they stroll through a neighborhood of the dense capital, a practice in the sort of community policing the national force is embracing as it works to reinvent itself.The patrolmen on this morning walked with a pair of veteran officers on loan from New York City, Haitian-Americans who are helping the national police prepare to take on greater responsibility as the United Nations reduces the number of peacekeeping troops in this long-troubled country.Disdained by many as abusive or inept, officers of Haiti’s force now say their new approach is beginning to pay off.”People are starting to give us the kinds of useful statements we didn’t get in the past,” rookie officer Gama Jameson said as he patrolled the district of Petionville with the New Yorkers. “I think the people are feeling more comfortable with us.” via – ABC News

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