Arseniy Yatsenyuk: New police will get to each town and village
03.02.2016 | 13:09

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 Kyiv region.

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 leaders."

"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 Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

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 Government.

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.


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