On Wednesday, 3 February, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk together with Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, Chairman of the
National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze
and Head of EU delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski
took part in a ceremony to launch rapid response service of the patrol police
of Bila Tserkva police
department subordinate to the Main Department of the National Police in the
The newly established patrol police rapid response
service of Bila
Tserkva area enumerates 144 officers.
Simultaneously patrolling of the town and area will be carried
out by 12 rapid response teams.
During the ceremony, the Prime Minister
stressed that previous year with the launch
of real reforms in the law enforcement system "Ukraine triggered the
process of getting rid of the Soviet militia
– not just in shape but in content. The militia of the
Soviet times, said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, "implied
disrespect to human rights, corruption, militia who worked exceptionally
to satisfy themselves and to fill pockets of their
"Now we have established
a new Ukrainian police, which complies with European standards, and most
important – with the expectations existing
in each family," he said.
"When you dial the number and call
the police, it arrives not in an hour or two,
but, under the new rules, the police should arrive in
Bila Tserkva within
7 minutes. Police should arrive in a village within 20
minutes and unlike before, when law enforcement agencies
didn't respond to calls", urged
According to him, the new police has a new approach in
training, educating and treating
the citizens: "These young people really want to build a new country. Not in words, not lying
on the couch at
home clicking the buttons, not in social networks, but having passion and
responsibility for the fate of
the country and for the fate of the citizen".
"These young boys and girls assumed
such responsibility. And they need help. They also need
your trust and your help. To ensure that the new Ukrainian law enforcement
system serves each person, each
citizen and each family", stressed the Head of
The new police, he said,
has started operation in the
regional centers, "and will get to each
village": "The local sheriffs, who must work in each
regional center and in
each village and settlement".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed gratitude to
Head of EU delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski who was attending the ceremony
for the launch of an assistance project for the Ministry of Internal
Affairs of Ukraine to ensure that "the new police comes
directly to each small town, each
village, as citizens must feel themselves
secure throughout the country".
"The country faces a lot of
problems. The country is at war. The country protects its independence.
And few could have thought several years ago that there would
be new police force, but it’s happened. This means
that we can advance. And changes depend on each
of us, on every citizen of the country.
We are changing the country together," said the Head of Government.
Those present at the ceremony laid
flowers to the monument to the Heavenly Hundred Heroes in Bila Tserkva
and paid tribute to the victims of Maidan events
with a moment of silence.