PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The National Police of Haiti (PNH) hosted on Thursday, August 11 the Japanese Ambassador, Kentaro Minami, on the premises of the Academy which the ambassador took the opportunity to inaugurate the construction and renovation of new buildings for the police.
While providing equipment to forensic science, the representative of the Japanese Empire, visited the building for the forensic laboratory, freshly built under the project, “Integrated Management and Security of the Border”, initiated by the Japanese government.
The project also enabled the Japanese government to expand and rehabilitate the local forensic laboratory. Through this project, the PNH has received 16 vehicles (Toyota Hilux) and 20 Honda motorcycles, all made in Japan.
“Safety is one of the factors facilitating investment in a country,” said Kentaro Minami, “and having better control of border areas is critical to any state concerned about its security.”
Representatives of the National Police also received a lot of communications equipment to equip 18 police stations in the border line. A budget of U.S. $2.5 million was made available to the owners of this project.
“The initiation of this cooperation [with Japan] in the field of security is perceived by our police as a pledge of brotherhood that binds us somewhere in adversity but also strengthens our faith in the future,” said Inspector General Jean Yonel Trécile, head of the Office of the Director General of the PNH.
While expressing the gratitude and satisfaction of his brothers in arms vis-à-vis the Japanese gesture toward Haiti, Mr. Trécile stressed that these achievements estimated at $2,548,794 [US] show respect to their Asian giant’s efforts.
“We thank the empire, the Japanese government and people while ensuring that we will make optimal use of these facilities,” promised the Inspector General.
The spokesman of the PNH, Frantz Lerebours, welcomed the bill for Haitian-Japanese cooperation. Stressing that Japan is involved in several vital areas, Mr. Lerebours recognizes that education and health are the priority of this phase of cooperation. But the Japanese Empire has invested heavily in Haiti and security remains a cross-sector operations and development.
Lerebours emphasized that through this cooperation the police managed to solve some problems in time to meet some specific needs expressed.
The construction of the premises for the forensic laboratory of forensic science and its equipment is an obvious example among many others manifested.
“We provide quality work despite the limited means at our disposal,” said Inspector John Divisional Games Olivier, director of the police unit.
With 15 technicians of forensic science, the specialized unit of the PNH in the provision of physical evidence to investigators and justice authorities, is in its embryonic phase, according to Inspector Olivier.
These materials and equipment available to police will strengthen its capacity for intervention while reviving the motivation of its staff.