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For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013

Media Contact:
Detective Alvaro Zabaleta
[email protected]

Haitian National Police Counter Narcotics Unit Graduation

Miami-Dade Police Department Hosts Narcotics Training


The Miami-Dade Police Department/Haitian National Police training covers advanced law enforcement investigation techniques.  The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) collaborated on the curriculum, equipment, and logistics for this training. 

The three-week training was aimed to enhance the professional skills of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (BLTS) officers and build their professional network.  Increasing the capacity and skill of BLTS personnel will improve their abilities to address and combat drug trafficking and drug transshipment in and out of Haiti.  In addition to endangering U.S. citizens, the drug trade in Haiti undermines the rule of law in that country by fostering corruption and fomenting armed violence perpetrated by criminal gangs and political opposition groups.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Miami-Dade Police Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 19, 2012 to cooperate on training, advising, and mentoring international law enforcement personnel.  Miami-Dade is one of more than 50 U.S. state and local agency partners from communities around the United States who help foreign law enforcement and judicial officials enhance their civilian security and justice sector capacity.  Through these agreements, U.S. partners develop networks of contacts with foreign counterparts that assist them in stemming the tide of illicit drugs and transnational crime that are entering their own communities.  Making international law enforcement connections on drug-related and gang-related issues has a long-term impact on cross-border, state-level, and community security.

The Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute is proud to announce the graduation of the Haitian National Police Counter Narcotics Unit. 

Please join us on this joyful occasion. 

Media is welcome attend. **Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m.**


Who: Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute

What:Haitian National Police Counter Narcotics Unit Completes Narcotics Training

When: April 19, 2013, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where:Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility 9300 NW 41 Street Doral, Florida 33178


Editor's Note: Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.


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