Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 19, 2013


Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will travel to Haiti, April 22–23, accompanied by New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

While in Haiti, Assistant Secretary Brownfield and Commissioner Kelly will meet with senior Haitian officials, the Haitian National Police, and UN staff to further cooperation on issues of security, rule of law, and counter-narcotics.

Since 2010, INL and the NYPD have worked together to mentor and professionalize the Haitian National Police. The NYPD is one of more than 50 U.S. state and local agency partners from communities around the United States who help the Department of State to assist foreign law enforcement and justice officials enhance their civilian security and justice sector capacity under the rule of law. Through these partnerships, U.S. state and local experts develop relationships with their counterparts around the world, many of whom contend with similar crimes that threaten their own communities and affect regional security. Making international law enforcement connections on drug-related and gang-related issues has a positive long-term impact on cross-border, state-level, and community security, both here and abroad. Commissioner Kelly served in 1994-95 as Director of International Police Monitors in Haiti.

For further information, please contact INL-PAPD at inlpapd@state.gov.



PRN: 2013/0436