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Caribbean police associations want the Haitian force to participate

By Charles Arthur [1]

London, 8 Sep. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Two associations representing police officers from the Caribbean region have renewed requests for Haiti to join them. They are reacting to news that a delegation from the Haitian National Police (HNP) has participated in a meeting of women police officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic held in El Salvador in August.

Writing on behalf of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) president, Commissioner Paul Farquharson, Staff Officer Stephen Adderley of the Royal Bahamas Police Force stated that ACCP had invited the Haitian National Police to join it, but had received no response to the invitation. He added that the ACCP hoped very much that Haiti would become an integral partner.

The head of the Caribbean Association of Women Police (CAWP), formed by female officers from sixteen Caribbean countries in March 2006, told a similar story. CAWP president Indirah Adderley said, "The CAWP has tried to send information to the female officers in Haiti through the ACCP. We did not get any response."

Sergeant Adderley continued, "We are certainly looking forward to connecting with the women in Haiti and other women within this region", adding that the CAWP’s next conference is scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago in April 2007.

The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) was founded in 1987, and strives to be the principal regional organisation for promoting and facilitating:
- collaboration and co-operation in the development and implementation of policing strategies, systems and procedures in the region;
- the professional and technical skills development of police officers throughout the region; and
- proactive measures to prevent crime and improve police community relations.

The ACCP has 24 members, including the French departments of Guiana, Guadaloupe, and Martinique, the Netherlands Antilles, and representatives from every CARICOM member state except Haiti.

According to a 21 August 2006 report on Radio Kiskeya, the Haitian delegation to the women police officers’ conference in El Salvador in August was headed by HNP commissioner, Marie-Louise Gauthier.

The Kiskeya report noted while women experienced difficulties in establishing themselves in many professions in Haiti, women have for some time been able to occupy high posts in HNP and have participated in its leadership structure. The report mentioned Dr Gessie Cameau Coicou who is currently the inspector-general of the HNP, the number two position in the HNP chain of command. [ca gp apr 08/09/2006 09:20]