Friday, April 8, 2016, The head of of the Central Directorate of Administrative Police (DCPA) appointed by President Jocelerme Privert to become Director General of the National Police, replacing Godson Orelus.
On the night of April 8, 2016, Michelangelo Gedeon (Michel-Ange Gedeon) has been installed as Director General of the National Police, at the Headquarters of the PNH in Pétion-Ville. He has been installed to the new capacity by the Prime Minister Jean-Charles Enex and the Minister of Justice Camille Edward Jr,, replacing Godson Orélus at a time when the new government is trying to take control of the administration largely led by the associates of former President Martelly. Following his installation, Gedeon has said, he is aware of the big challenges and wants to establish a neutral police force, free from every political influence which would ensure the security of the citizen regardless of the color of their skins. The Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, leader of the Supreme Council of the National Police (NUMC) presented a President's certified copy of Gedeon's appointment. Earlier, Michel-Ange Gédéon had served as the Commissioner of Grand Goave (2004), Carrefour (2005), Port-au-Prince (2006-2011) and departmental Director of the western Police (2011-2014). He was promoted to the post of Central Director of Administrative Police (DCPA) on February 29, 2016. Gédéon has submitted 14 of the 16 requested qualifying documents to the Senate Justice and Public Safety Committee for consideration and confirmation. The two outstanding documents were not required because he was never in control of government funds.
June 21, 2003: Jean-Robert Faveur became Haiti Police Chief under Jean Bertrand Aristide. He resigned on June 21, 2003 after only two weeks on the job, and went into self-imposed exile due to alleged government interference and threats to his life.
In the midnight of Sunday, June 22, 2003, Jean-Robert Faveur, Haiti's former Police Chief fled the country with his family because he felt his life is under threat. He resigned from his office and fled to Miami because of the Haitian government's efforts to undermine the autonomy of his office curbing every operational and financial control. He said President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was filling police ranks only with people loyal to him regardless of their qualifications. They had neither served long enough in their posts nor passed competitive examinations for promotion as the rules demand. The government officials claimed that his departure was preplanned. Since he was a choice of the Organization of American States to lead an efficient police force to hold a credible election under President Aristide, his sudden departure was meant to jeopardize the entire process. However, Faveur said he used his own money to flee. Never received any assistance from any embassy or anyone.
Rudy Therassan headed Haitian national police from 2001 until 2003. He was accused by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments.He was sentenced to almost 15 years in prison and obligated to also forfeit $1.8 million in assets.
In May 2004, Rudy Therassan, Haiti's former National Police Chief (from April 2001 until approximately August 2003) was accused of allegedly taking money from a Colombian drug dealer to protect cocaine shipments passing through Haiti on the way to the United States. In April, 2004, in a U.S. federal court, Therassan pleaded guilty of conspiring to import at least 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S and activities amounting to money laundering. Therassan used to receive $150,000 in cash for each plane-load of cocaine, he allowed to land on Haiti's Route 9, which were subsequently smuggled to the U.S. His $1.8 million in assets, including two houses in Palm Beach County, Florida were forfeited by court order. During his trial, one informant testified that he witnessed Therassan shoot and killed Haitian drug trafficker Hector Ketant's brother and his bodyguard after a dispute over money.
Here is a picture of Former National Police Chief in Haiti, Jean Nesly Lucien.
On Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, Jean Nesly Lucien, the former Director General of the National Police of Haiti and a member of the Aristide security team became the victim of an assassination attempt near the residence of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. He was shot by three unknown armed motorcyclists in Tabarre, one in the shoulder and one at the foot and was taken to the hospital for treatment and released later. During the time of the attack, he was accompanying retired Boston police detective Yves Dambreville (66), who could not survive his bullet injuries, died on the spot. We might remember that in 2005, Lucien received a 5-year imprisonment on money laundering charges. He was arrested along with several other top government officials during the administration of deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On May 26, 2004, he was arrested from a relative's home in Miami. As per U.S. Drug Enforcement sources, Lucien and former Haitian anti-drug Chief Evintz Brillant seized $450,000 from a Colombian trafficker in 2002, returned $300,000, split the rest on condition to assist the drug dealer in future.
Former police chiefs Godwork Noel (left) and Jacky Nau (right). Based on information obtained from the weekly newspaper Haiti Progress, in the United States, these two were involved in a campaign against the democratic movement in Haiti. The report stated that both Godwork Noel and Jacky Nau received military training by U.S. Special Forces.
In October eleven senior police commanders tried to stage a coup D'etat agains the Haitian government; however, the plot was uncovered and officers fled to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Those who fled to DR include: Guy Philipe, Mesilor Lemais, Seide Didier, Dormel Jacques Patrick, Fritz Gaspar and Noel Godwork.
The Haitian government formally requested the repatriation of six of the police Officers who had fled to the the Dominican Republic, accusing them of conspiring to overthrow the government. The repatriation did not take place.
Col. Joseph Michel Francois was Chief of National Police of Haiti from 1991 to 1994 at a time when Haitian police was technically part of the army. He participated in the 1991 Haitian coup d'état that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Investigation reveals that Joseph Michel Francois built a vast network of independent intelligence service, with the responsibilities to intimidate and sometimes eliminate rivals and opponents.
He also collaborated in shipping tons of cocaine to the United States in the 1980's from his private airstrip in Haiti.
The period of the Duvalier in Haiti is filled with history. Here is the picture of Frank Romain. During this historical period, Romain was a very important figure.
Frank Romain was a Colonel in the Haitian Military under Duvalier. He was mayor of Port-au-Prince, Chief of the National Police under Duvalier. He was associated with the Tonton Macoute force that terrorized the Haitian population during the Duvalier reign. He was a suspect to be involved in the massacre at the Church John Bosco, September 11, 1988, which left 12 people dead and 11 wounded
He managed to leave the country under the government of General Avril in December 1988
April, 2004 - Leon Charles, named Haiti Police Chief following the removal of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.
According to information obtained, Leon Charles is a former officer of Haiti Military, FADH, in the Marine division. He became the new Police Chief of Haiti and later was replaced by Mario Andresol. While some people were not satisfied with his job performance, many others think that Leon Charles served his country well
Here is a picture of Haitian police chief Mario Andresol as new allegation of police brutality just surface on a video.
The Haitian civilian police force was created in 1994 by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide when he returned to power, in order to end brutality by the military.
This new video showing the current Haitian Police force involved in police Brutality does not help.