Sergeant Herve Guiteau, Detectives Daniel Lefevre and Claude Jean-Pierre and Police Officers Rochener Gilot, Jean Pierre-Noel and Patrice Vigne all are fluent in Creole and serve in various commands in the New York City Police Department. Officer Gilot is a former member of the Haitian National Police force who immigrated to the United States to attend college and later joined the New York City Police Department.
“New York City is home to the largest Haitian population in the United States,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, who said the NYPD has approximately 500 officer who are native Creole speakers. “We are proud to be able to offer some law enforcement expertise and support the efforts in Haiti, where so many of our officers trace their own heritage.”
“We are grateful to the people of New York for providing their Finest to address one of our nation's most important foreign policy priorities,” said Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs David Johnson. “NYPD officers, like their counterparts nationwide, provide skills that are not available in federal law enforcement."
The team of six NYPD officers will serve primarily as mentors to local police in the Internally Displaced Persons camps where they are assigned, in and around Port-au-Prince.
Kelly served as director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, a U.S.-led force responsible for ending human rights abuses and establishing an interim police force there, from October 1994 to March 1995. He was in Port-au-Prince earlier this month and in the days just prior to the January 12th magnitude 7.0 earthquake to discuss law enforcement training by the NYPD with the Haitian National Police.