|Major reform set for police|
|Friday, 06 July 2012 12:15|
The National Police of Haiti (HNP) is set for a major overall, as the government launches a development plan worth over $1 billion (US$331 million). The plan seeks to modernize the police force and increase its number to 15,106 by 2016.
President Michel Martelly met with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, top HNP officials and project financers to discuss the new HNP development plan, which will also tackle career paths within the HNP, as well as coordination with supporting government organizations.
Martelly urged the HNP's overseeing body, the Supreme Council of National Police (CSPN), to support the new plan and its efforts "of strengthening the rule of law and restoration of state authority."
Martelly also commended the HNP for their efforts in the country's rebranding efforts.
Security has been a primary concern for Martelly since his presidential campaign, particularly following the pending departure of UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which has had its own trouble with charges of abuse against citizens.
Following the failure to reinstate the Haitian army due to protests from international organizations, Martelly has refocused government efforts onto the country's police force.