Agreement Extended between the Department of State and New York Police Department

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 7, 2011

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield on Wednesday and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement continues the cooperation between INL and NYPD to provide police assistance, training, and mentoring to the Haitian National Police.

Under an agreement established last year, NYPD officers have been working alongside Haitian National Police officers in and around Port-Au-Prince, advising them on community policing, patrol and other best practices in investigating and solving crime. Five teams comprised of five police officers and one supervisor have rotated through three-month deployments in Haiti since September 2010.

The MOU signed by Assistant Secretary Brownfield and Commissioner Kelly will enable New York City Police officers to work with law enforcement trainees overseas in other countries designated by INL relative to international criminal activities. As they do in Haiti, the NYPD officers deployed will serve as mentors in an advisory role, with no law-enforcing capacity.

PRN: 2011/1681