New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly returned to Haiti on Monday to meet with the earthquake-devastated country’s president and lay the groundwork for the deployment later this month of six Creole-speaking NYPD officers to help train the Haitian police force, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kelly, who helped establish an interim police force there after political chaos enveloped Haiti in the 1990s, met with Haitian President Rene Preval and his top security officials to discuss Haiti’s law-enforcement strategies.
The costs of the daylong meetings and the reassignment of the New York officers is being covered by the U.S. State Department as part of the effort to help rebuild the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Kelly said the officers will be on 90-day assignments and rotate in and out in six-member teams. Even eight months after the quake, the devastation was apparent at every stop on Kelly’s itinerary.