Canada to Build Haiti Police Headquarters

first_img Canada will build a new headquarters for Haiti’s national police after the original was destroyed in the January 12 earthquake, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon announced on 4 November. The 9.5-million dollar construction project will “augment the capability of Haiti’s national police to coordinate their daily activities” such as stemming “violence, smuggling and human trafficking,” he told a press conference. “All Haitians will benefit from improved security,” the minister added. Cannon also announced 1.3 million dollars in funding to teach Haiti’s 7,000 policemen first aid over the next two years. Canadian police have been helping to train Haiti’s police since 1993. Their numbers rose to 134 after the earthquake from 90. At least 250,000 people were killed in January’s devastating 7.0 earthquake which flattened much of the capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti is now also struggling to contain an outbreak of cholera which hit last month and has already claimed more than 440 lives and sickened almost 6,800 people. By Dialogo November 08, 2010last_img read more

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