Arseniy Yatsenyuk at Kharkiv University of Internal Affairs: A new police will start patrolling Kharkiv on September 19
31.07.2015 | 15:15
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

On Friday, July 31, in the framework of his working trip to Kharkiv Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk visited the Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, which launched the professional training courses for the new patrol service.

The Prime Minister together with Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko and First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Eka Zguladze talked with future cops.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk examined the new vehicles and motorcycles for the patrol officers.

The Head of Government stressed that the whole country relies on the brand new patrol police: "After Ukraine has decided to establish a national police, such young, handsome, unique people like you went to the streets of Kyiv, and what is essential - honest people who provide real assistance to the citizens of the country, have a different attitude to the people and our country."

He stressed that the Government together with Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov and First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Eka Zguladze had embarked on retrofitting of the law enforcement system: "The existing law enforcement system represents the remnants of the Soviet militia. But you represent a new Ukrainian police of European model. You represent a new model of attitude to the citizens of our country, a new attitude to the oath," addressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk future police officers.

"We have started from Kyiv city, after that - Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov, Odessa, Lutsk, Lviv, I hope – Chernivtsi, Vinnitsa. I am convinced that the brand new Ukrainian police will reach each town," stressed the Prime Minister.

According to the PM, for the Cabinet Ministers this work is difficult: "We should find funding: salary for each police officer –from UAH 8 to 10 thousand. They need new equipment, vehicles, uniforms".

He highly assessed the support of the U.S. Government and that of Canada in organizing the new police training project: "But the major burden falls on the Government of Ukraine as it requires hundreds of millions hryvnyas to invest. And it is crucial for the country. But the millions will never replace your attitude to the citizens, your skills and your desire to serve the people of Ukraine".

Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed that the new police of Kharkiv will start patrolling the city since September 19: "From September 19, Kharkov should start applauding you. After all, your principal task is to change the attitude of police to the citizens. Your task is to serve everyone and to protect everyone, to fight crime and strictly abide by law."

The Prime Minister accentuated that the law enforcement reform requires the establishment of a patrol police, which is only the first step: "We need to move on. To ensure true order within the country, to upgrade the national police, to reform the prosecution, to set up the State Investigation Bureau, to ensure work of the National Anti-corruption Bureau and accountability for any corruption, starting with top government officials and ending with the lowest rank officials".

He added a judicial reform is also in need.

"Everyone has high expectations for all of you. The Government and each of us wants to see the brand new Ukrainian police in action in Kharkiv, to see you being a class of Ukrainian fair, honest fighters for the rights and freedoms of citizens and peace in the streets of Kharkiv. [Fighting – ed.] for laws and every citizen to be protected. Ukraine expects it from you," accentuated Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his address.


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