New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield on October 5 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which continues indefinitely the cooperation between the NYPD and INL to provide police assistance, training and mentoring to the Haitian National Police.
Under an agreement established last year, NYPD officers of Haitian descent have been working alongside Haitian National Police officers in and around Port-Au-Prince, advising them on community policing, patrol and other best practices in investigating and solving crime. Five teams comprised of five police officers and a supervisor have rotated through three-month deployments in Haiti since September 2010.
The MOU signed by Assistant Secretary Brownfield and Commissioner Kelly also will enable New York City Police officers to work with law enforcement trainees overseas, in other countries designated by INL relative to international criminal activities. As they do in Haiti, the NYPD officers deployed will serve as mentors in an advisory role, with no law-enforcing capacity.
Also present Wednesday were Walter Redman, chief police advisor for the INL; Deputy Commissioner Michael J. Farrell and Sergeant Herve Guiteau of the NYPD Office of Management Analysis and Planning.