Israel police to train Hatian forces

"The aim is to support the community and maintain public order."

January 27, 2010 00:22
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An Israeli police delegation made up of around 10 Special Patrol officers will leave for Haiti in the next two weeks to take part in an international policing effort to assist the earthquake-battered nation.

"The aim is to support the community and maintain public order," Israel Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. "In the long-run, the delegation will help international efforts to train and rebuild the Haitian police force," Rosenfeld added.

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The officers will be selected from Special Patrol Units from around the country, which have the greatest experience in maintaining public order. "They are experienced enough to train others," Rosenfeld said.

Fears of violent disorder and fights among quake survivors, over basic commodities, are likely to grow in the coming weeks and months.

The Israeli police team is expected to remain on the island for three months. In the coming days, they will undergo special training at an officer's policing school in Netanya.

The Israeli officers will likely arrive in Haiti together with a large delegation of French policemen.

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