Norwegian police officer Carl Petter Endresen with local colleague in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince. 
Photo: Odd Berner Malme/Norway UN Mission.Norwegian police officer Carl Petter Endresen with local colleague in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince. Photo: Odd Berner Malme/Norway UN Mission

Norwegian police on the beat in Haiti

4/19/2011 // Fourteen months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, close to a million people are still living in temporary camps. Crime remains rife. A Norwegian police team is working with the UN and Haiti's National Police in the capital Port-au-Prince to prevent sexual, gender based violence.

Providing safety and security has been key in the rebuilding effort since the earthquake in January 2010. Since October 2010, the team of five Norwegian police officers has been part of the UN Stabilisation Mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH). The team's focusing on strengthening the capacity of Haiti's National Police to investigate and prevent sexual, gender based violence.

The Norwegian policeteam is based in the capital. Recently Odd Berner Malme, Police Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Norway to UN (New York), spent a few days with them. His slide show (see below) documents daily life at the local policestation and the wider community the team is part of.

(The article continues below the slideshow) 

The Norwegian team consists of Ms. Tone Bærland, Ms. Mari-Ann Randulf, Mr. Leif Løvik, Mr. Carl Petter Endresen and Mr. Christian Michelet. The team regularly cooperates with the local police in Cité Soleil, one of the most impoverished and densely populated boroughs. The team is currently developing an action plan to implement strategies for preventing and combating sexual, gender based violence.

Much of Haiti was left in ruins by last year's earthquake. More than 200.000 people were killed and over a million made homeless. In the aftermath of the quake, the international community, including Norway, has come to Haiti's aid, contributing humanitarian assistance, as well as long term development aid.


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