Armed bandits testing Haiti's understaffed police forces

Haiti News - October 16 2013, 8:20 AM

For Haiti's struggling but improving police force, and the United Nations security forces backing them up, tracking down the armed bandits behind the reign of terror in Petit-Goâve is about more than returning calm to this mountainous region 40 miles west of the capital.

It has become a test of the police's ability to take the lead in securing an unpredictable Haiti.

It's also a reality check in how limited the 10,181-member force is in stabilizing a country where violent crime sprees by well-armed gangs have long been connected with powerful politicians.

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