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Haitian Police chief Michael Ange Gedeon is disturbed by the increase in cases of police killings.

In the past two weeks 4 policemen have been killed by armed bandits, including 3 in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. "We are angry and we can not be inactive, "said Mr. Gédéon.

The Chief of Police announced that urgent measures had been adopted to curb this phenomenon. Concerned, Mr. Gédéon yesterday held a working session with actors involved in the respect of human rights. The Minister of Justice, heads of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights and the Office of the Ombudsman and officials of the prosecutor's office of the capital took part yesterday in an important meeting on the issue of assassination of police officers. We had discussed the need to give a quick response to this problem, said the chief of police.

He says he instructed departmental directors and police commissioners to carry out investigations promptly in the case of murders of police officers. The police must find the criminals in the minutes after the crime, he said, deploring a banalization of the murder of police.

The chief of the Haitian National Police also calls on citizens to work together to facilitate the arrest of criminals. Mr. Gédéon welcomes the determination of the residents of Juvenat, in Petionville, who earlier this week had worked to arrest 9 criminals involved in the murder of a police officer.


Haiti Police officer killed in his home by gang members with machetes


We call for the vigilance of the police and the support of the population to put an end to the murders of policemen.

Meanwhile the chief of police announced that a special mechanism has been developed to guarantee the security of the citizens during the year-end holidays.