State Department honors NYPD's Haitian aid
The State Department Monday recognized the NYPD's work to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake three years ago.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly received the first U.S. Secretary of State Award for Excellence in Overseas Criminal Justice Assistance in a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Since 2010, the NYPD have deployed officers to the nation to help train and mentor Haitian police officers, and those members of New York's Finest made a major difference, say federal officials.
"The NYPD's efforts have promoted the rule of law and improved Haitian National Police capacities in areas such as patrol and investigations," the State Department said.
Kelly used to head State Department's International Police Monitors program in Haiti from 1994 to 1995.
During his tenure he led officers from 20 nations to set up an interim police force following Émile Jonassaint's removal from power.