On Tuesday, February 23, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk took part in a
ceremony of launching of the rapid response service
of the Patrol Police in Kharkiv.
The Head of Government noted
that Kharkiv is the third area, in which rapid response brigades
of the police start operation. Such groups already work
in Kyiv region and Lviv.
The timeframe for such rapid response teams
to arrive to a call of residents
of Kharkiv shall be 7 minutes, whilst
across the region and to
rural areas - 20 minutes.
He expressed gratitude to Minister of Internal
Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov
and the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Jan Tombinski, who were taking
part in the ceremony: "We have both the political will of
the Minister and the Ministry [of Internal Affairs – ed.],
and funding and technical assistance from the European Union to facilitate
the Ukrainian police performing their function".
The Prime Minister also informed
that a new electronic system of criminal analysis data
for the National Police of Kharkiv would
be presented, which was created with the help of volunteers, the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and with the support
of the European partners. "It's a different
system. The system, in which
there is a strong police officer, having
new equipment, supported with information
technology and who should be protected by the entire law
enforcement and judicial system of the country, if he honestly and fairly
performs his duties to the country."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the patrol
police officers of Kharkiv: "I wish
you confidence. Just be sure: Ukraine needs
you, Kharkovites need you, our State needs you".
From now on an area covered by permanent
round-the-clock police patrol service is enlarged to
the whole Kharkiv region. Simultaneously, the
patrolling of areas of the region will be carried
out by the 81 patrol police brigade. The
newly created rapid response teams of the patrol
police enumerate 648 officers.