By Donovan Gopie
CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 5, 2009: Haiti-born, New York City Police Sergeant, Herve Guiteau, was among six honorees and one organization honored by NYC Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. on June 2 at the annual celebrations commerating Caribbean Heritage Month.
Sgt. Guiteau has been a distinguished officer in the New York City Police Department for more than 25 years, and is a founding member of the Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization, serving as its president.
Sergeant Guiteau was first assigned as a patrol officer in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and rapidly rose in rank because of his outstanding performance in the Police Department in a series of promotions. He was the Caribbean Liaison to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs. He was subsequently promoted to Detective Sergeant, his current rank. Guiteau currently is the Community Affairs Sergeant in Brooklyn South Division.
Always ready to assist the Caribbean community, Sgt. Guiteau had been steadfast in his assistance and advice to the annual West Indian American Day Parade (WIDICA) for many years, and been honored by the organization for his exemplary service. In remarks given at the Comptroller’s event he said, “I am deeply honored and humbled at receiving this recognition from the Comptroller of the City New York at this Caribbean Heritage celebrations. As a Caribbean born, New Yorker I am proud to serve my adopted city and its entire people.”
Other honorees included: Dr. Jean M. Chin, obstetrics & gynecology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Dennis Derryck, professor, The New School for Urban Management & Urban Policy; Rev. Dr. Grace Cornish-Livingston, minister and relationship consultant; Anthony King, regional director, Jamaica Tourist Board in New York and Rosalind McLymont, editor-in-chief, The Network Journal.
A special presentation was made to Sesame Flyers Steel Orchestra, frequent winners of the West Indian American Day Parade steel band competition. The honoring event and reception was held at SEUI Union Headquarters in Lower Manhattan.