Haitian President Visits With Special Unit of Haiti’s National Police

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - March 12, 2012

Above: Martelly on the visit with CIMO Chief Bornelus Jean Bazelaire (left) (Photo: OP)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haitian President Michel Martelly visited Monday with members of the Corps d’Intervention et de Maintien de l’Ordre, the specialized anti-riot unit of the Haitian National Police.

The President said he had a “fruitful” meeting with Bornelus Jean Bazelaire, the commander of the unit.

“You must have your morale high,” Martelly told officers.

Martelly also said he would continue talks with other countries to find funding for new facilities for the police.

The President will make another visit with CIMO later this week, joined by the French and Canadian Ambassadors to Haiti. Both countries support strengthening Haiti’s national police, something which has become a major priority for Martelly.

While Martelly supports the creation of a new Haitian Army, something which has met opposition from the international community, he also supports a strengthened police force in the country.

He has said that an army, together with a strengthened national police force, will be necessary to fill the security vacuum in the country upon the eventual departure of MINUSTAH.

Security has remained a major issue in Haiti, particularly in recent weeks, both following the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille and given recent incidents where former members of the disbanded Haitian army occupied certain government sites.

Martelly has other visits planned with units of the police force later this week.

Popular Posts

A.R. Carnegie, 74, Caribbean Legal Legend

A Caribbean Journal Editorial He was never a judge, never a Queen’s Counsel. His robes were never silk. But A. Ralph Carnegie was a Caribbean John Marshall if there ever was one. Ralph Carnegie, A.R. in scholarly texts, passed away […]

Robinson: Manatt Approached Government

Lackston Robinson, Jamaica’s Deputy Solicitor General, testified that it was the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and not the Jamaican Government/Jamaica Labour Party, that made the first move to solicit a contract to lobby the White House, he told […]

IMF Back in Antigua on Performance Review

The International Monetary Fund has sent a team to Antigua for a third review of the nation’s performance on a stand-by arrangement with the IMF. According to the Ministry of Finance, the IMF team began the review Monday and will […]

Related Posts Royal caribbean cruises short

Royal Caribbean Is Adding More “Short” Cruises 

Royal Caribbean is adding more “short” Caribbean getaways beginning next year, the company said this week.  The cruise giant has revealed its lineup of different “short” cruises to the region for 2024, with itineraries on eight different ships.  That will […]

Caribbean Airline Winair Expanding, Adding New Destinations

caribbean islands bonaire

St Maarten-baser regional Caribbean airline Winair is getting bigger.  The carrier has announced the acquisition of two ATR 42-500 series aircraft, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The new aircraft will provide service to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Most […]

Marriott Names New Area GM for Haiti, Dominican Republic 

all-inclusive destination big

Marriott International has named a new area general manager for Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  The company has tapped Brock Hochhalter to the role, in which he will be responsible for the premium and luxury Marriott hotels in the two […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You