NYPD receiving award for Haiti assistance after quake

May 13, 2013 5:22:44 AM PDT
The NYPD is being recognized for its role in providing police training assistance in Haiti.

The law enforcement agency will receive the first State Department Excellence in Overseas Criminal Justice Assistance Award on Monday.

It is given in recognition of its contribution to the State Department's efforts "to strengthen the rules of law and enhance U.S. diplomacy in Haiti."

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will receive the award on behalf of the department in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Creole-speaking NYPD officers have been training and mentoring Haitian police officers since 2010. They've been providing training in conducting investigations, anti-kidnapping strategies and general policing support.

The costs of the NYPD assistance are reimbursed by the State Department.