A contingent of 160 police officers under the Formed Protection Unit (FPU) last evening departed for Haiti to serve under the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
The officers left Kanombe International Airport at about 10:00 pm aboard RwandAir, the national carrier.
They will replace the first contingent of another 160 officers deployed in Haiti nine months ago, whose mission has ended.
The mission in Haiti serves as a protection force for the UN staffs, crowd control and help in aid distribution in internally displaced camps.
The officers who will be deployed in Jérémie Town, South of Haiti, and will be under the command of Chief Superintendent, Toussaint Muzezayo. Those to be replaced are scheduled to arrive on December 31.
FPUs, among others, provide humanitarian assistance, conduct patrols and guard VIPs and key installations.
Currently, there are 416 police officers on mission in Sudan, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Haiti.