March, 18 2013
The inauguration of the new Côtes de Fer police station on March 16, 2013, is part of the Police, Justice and Violence Prevention Infrastructure Reconstruction Project. This project, that also includes the reconstruction of the Gressier, Leogane and Grand Goave police stations, aims to reinforce and restore the operational capacities of justice and public security in Haiti.
Inauguration of this construction activity was done in the presence of various personalities including the President of the Republic of Haiti Michel Joseph Martely, Canadian Ambassador Henri Paul Normandin, the Minister of Justice Jean Renel Sanon and Haitian Police Executive Director Godson Aurelus.
In his speech, the Haitian leader thanked the Canadian government and said: "The inauguration of the Côtes de Fer police station gives me the opportunity to highlight the strength of the contribution of Haitian-Canadian cooperation which greatly contributed to the development of the building; Canada showed us their interest in the establishment of the rule of law and the development of a climate of security in the country."
The Canadian Ambassador to Port-au-Prince expressed his satisfaction with the results: "We are proud to have contributed to a concrete action towards capacity building for the Haitian National Police (PNH) in all its elements. We are also pleased to be surrounded by a PNH without constraints, increasingly strong, professional and better equipped to help reduce crime and provide a safer living conditions for the population."
Funded for $60,000 Canadian dollars by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) in partnership with the Fondation d’entraide et de développement économique (FONEDE), the police serve the population of Côtes de Fer, estimated at more than 44,595 inhabitants.
For these four intervention communes, this project is estimated at $4,989,000 Canadian dollars and its implementation strategy for Police infrastructure reconstruction destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010, includes training in capacity b for the maintenance of infrastructure, training in prevention, treatment of violence against women, mediation training and conflict management.
Esther Labonté, Communications Agent, CECI-Haïti
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