assistance is directed to the general development of the HNP and the targeted support of the BLTS. Support to the HNP covers a broad range of activities, including infrastructure, equipment, and in-country and overseas training.
Specific support to the BLTS includes procurement of communications equipment, vehicles, non-lethal operational gear, and canine unit training.
The continued institutional development of the HNP and the BLTS are positive trends that have helped to improve public security and have marginally increased Haiti's ability to interdict drug trafficking.
Continued engagement from the United States, particularly in support of BLTS operations and general HNP development, will help Haitian law enforcement to capitalize on marginal gains in drug interdiction capacity.
The Haitian Government has made clear its commitment to strengthening the HNP, including the BLTS
. The addition of BLTS
bases in the north of the country is a sign that the HNP is beginning to expand beyond a Port-au-Prince-centric posture for policing the main corridors for trafficking in and out of the country.
The presence of new leadership at the BLTS
is also a positive step, as U.S.
This year, the HNP arrested 18 defendants in cases investigated jointly by the DEA and the BLTS. Three of those defendants were transferred to DEA custody and subsequently removed to the United States for prosecution.
The course, held in Colombia at the Junglas Training Center trained 24 HNP officers from the BLTS and the anti-kidnapping unit.
NAS worked with DEA to support BLTS operations with per diem, travel costs, rent for the BLTS Special Investigations Unit and equipment.