Improving Public Security in Haiti

Through its contributions to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Canada has supported the restoration of a secure and stable environment, the strengthening of democratic institutions and the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights. Canada provided infrastructure, equipment as well as mentorship and training in support of reconstruction, stabilization and development initiatives in Haiti.

Photo: MCpl Marc-André Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Canada is focussed on increasing the capacity and skills of the Haitian National Police (HNP), including the National Prison Authority, through a variety of means. Deployments of Canadian police officers and correctional officers through MINUSTAH aim to help Haitians progressively take full responsibility for the security of the country. Canadian police officers mentor and train the HNP in a variety of police functions throughout the country, including ensuring respect for human rights and creating processes that are more sensitive to needs of victims of sexual violence or gender-based violence.

Canada is also supporting efforts to enhance the professionalization of the Haitian National Police’s management, through initial training and professional development for inspectors and commissioners. This project supports the development of a new training curriculum and the development and implementation of the organizational and administrative structure for a training institution.

Canada funded several infrastructure projects for the HNP, such as the office of the Inspectorate General which included construction of the building, vehicles, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and an intelligence database. This project represents a significant achievement in the Canadian effort to strengthen public security in Haiti as the building provides a professional work space for this important institution, which oversees the HNP and is fundamental to the force’s ongoing security system reform.