Canadian Cop Walks the Beat in Tent Camps

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It’s an odd beat for a police officer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in Haiti. Constable Jules Laraque, brother of NHL star Georges Laraque, has been patrolling a tent city in Haiti for more than a year.


“Domestic violence is one of the most common things that happen there. There are also fights between Haitian people over money and anything,” Laraque said in a phone interview for Jennifer Taplin of Metro News.

Laraque joined a UN contingent working with the Haitian National Police (HNP) to keep the peace in Camp Corail, home to over 7,000 displaced people.

“There was one murder-suicide and I think that’s the most serious case we’ve had," he said.

"There are cases of rape too but it’s about once or twice a month.”

Laraque is in the country of his parents’ birth and there are still many demolished buildings yet to be cleaned up, Laraque he told Metro News.

“When things were starting to slowly move forward, there was a cholera outbreak that hit the city, and the election and that caused some troubles.”

And while there is plenty of crime in Camp Corail, there are fewer convictions. Penniless victims have a hard time getting transportation into Port-au-Prince to make court dates so the accused usually goes free.

Memorable Moments

Laraque will take home many happy memories when his nine-month mission ends on March 22.

One of them will be talking hockey with the Haitian people. Jules Laraque also played professionally with the Halifax Mooseheads.

“They don’t see me as a hockey player because physically I’m bigger and they think of me as a weightlifter," he said. "It’s kind of funny.”

Back in September the Constable and his partner from Montreal were leaving a hospital when a pregnant woman arrived on the back of a motorcycle. She was already in labor and needed to go to another better-equipped hospital.

They put her in a UN vehicle but didn’t get very far because her pains increased substantially.

They laid her down on a blanket on the side of the road near a sewage area.

“She ended up giving birth on the street with our help,” Laraque said.

“I wasn’t actually looking because I don’t like looking at that stuff so my partner was hands on and helping the baby come out.”

Too bad, because the mother named the baby girl Guylaine after his partner Constable Guy Allard.


Source: Metro News