State Dept. to honor NYPD for Haiti work

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The NYPD will be honored Monday by the U.S. State Department for its work in Haiti, the police department said in a news release.

Commissioner Ray Kelly will accept the U.S. Secretary of State Award for Excellence in Overseas Criminal Justice Assistance at a 9 a.m. ceremony in Washington, the police statement said.

Since 2010, 68 Creole-speaking NYPD officers have been assigned to Haiti to provide training in conducting investigations, anti-kidnapping strategies and general policing. The costs to the NYPD are reimbursed by the State Department, according to the release.

"The NYPD's efforts have promoted the rule of law and improved Haitian National Police capacities in areas such as patrol and investigations," State Department officials said in the police news release.

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