On Friday, 1 April, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Minister of Internal Affairs of
Ukraine Arsen Avakov participated
in the ceremony of awarding certificates of B category to 17
instructors of the Corps of Prompt Immediate Action (CORD)
of the National police of Ukraine.
These instructors received training,
which was conducted jointly with representatives of certain
special forces of the United States.
Among the main tasks of the group B
of the police special unit CORD is to implement
security arrangements in relation to
persons who engage in criminal justice process.
The Head of Government
stressed that the establishment of CORD unit would
facilitate pursuing a police reform as well as in general, a reform
of law enforcement and judicial system of Ukraine: "These
Ukrainian police officers will engage in difficult job which
is the protection of witnesses who testify against criminals, mafia, against
any officials or so-called ‘the powerful’.
Now, said the Head of the Government, a
witness might testify during
the pre-trial investigation, but in court due to intimidation or pressure might
refuse his testimony, as the State is unable to protect him. Arseniy
Yatsenyuk emphasized that the CORD unit would take under the
protection those people who are willing to testify and
speak the truth: "This will enable the country to build a new high-quality
justice and to prosecute the most influential criminals in the
The reform of the National police, he
stressed, is really successful and is widely supported
by the citizens of the country: "The new
police got to the streets of Ukraine, have different
attitude to protection of rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to
their duties and serve the Ukrainian people".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed
gratitude to the Government of the United States of America
and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S.A.
in Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt,
who was present at the ceremony, for the support
to the Ukrainian law-enforcement in the matter of
building a fair judicial system and really
powerful Ukrainian police.
The Prime Minister visited the
barracks in the Training Center
of the special force units
of the National police, in which the police officers
live during the training, and attended a training "Escorting
of guarded person".
We shall remind, in October
2015, with the participation of U.S. experts there were conducted
training of candidates for the posts of instructors of special force
units CORD of group A. Among their main objectives - the
release of hostages, rescue of police officers and
civilians who are in danger of shelling, participation in
anti-terror operations, the security support for police officers
at special events. By results of the training the certificates
were awarded to 19 officers.
A process of selection of candidates to join CORD
units has been launched throughout Ukraine. It is planned to
recruit to the Corps of Prompt Immediate Action 3076 police