On January 12, 2010, at 4:50 p.m., a massive earthquake struck the tiny Caribbean nation of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Among the dead were members of the Haitian National Police (HNP).
Shortly after the tragic disaster, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) wanted to donate funds, which it had collected, to help support the families of the fallen HNP officers, just as it does in North America.
Because of the Canadian police’s strong presence and excellent reputation in Haiti, the IACP reached out to Chief Superintendent Barbara Fleury, a Canadian police colleague and vice-chair of the IACP’s International Policing Division, to help with the task.
Thus began the IACP’s journey to reach the goal of donating $10,000 to support the families of these fallen police officers.