10 facts about Kyiv’s new po­lice of­fi­cers

Kyiv Post - - News - BY OLENA GONCHAROVA [email protected]

pa­trol of­fi­cers hit Kyiv’s streets as a part of an In­te­rior Min­istry pi­lot plan to over­haul the na­tion’s cor­rupt and in­ef­fec­tive po­lice force. The new units will po­lice traf­fic and pa­trol neigh­bor­hoods. Their du­ties in­clude re­spond­ing to ser­vice calls, con­duct­ing pre-trial in­ves­ti­ga­tions, mak­ing ar­rests, im­pos­ing fines, re­solv­ing dis­putes, tak­ing crim­i­nal re­ports and traf­fic en­force­ment. The po­lice of­fi­cers are equipped with a Fort-17 semi-au­to­matic pis­tol, rub­ber trun­cheons and a body cam­era. They are, how­ever, a mere drop in the bucket in an In­te­rior Min­istry with more than 200,000 em­ploy­ees.

It took of the new of­fi­cers are women. It is one of the high­est fig­ures among Euro­pean coun­tries. For in­stance, in Es­to­nia, home to 2 mil­lion peo­ple, fe­male of­fi­cers ac­count for at least 34 per­cent of the po­lice force, ac­cord­ing to the latest data.

to train the new po­lice of­fi­cers.

Ukrainian po­lice re­ceived some with en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly en­gines from Ja­pan as part of the Ky­oto Pro­to­col, of which 200 were given to Kyiv po­lice. is the av­er­age age of po­lice of­fi­cers. Seventy per­cent of the new of­fi­cers have a univer­sity de­gree. ($376-$470) is the av­er­age salary of the new of­fi­cers. out of 2,000 are for­mer traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers. will be the next cities to get the new po­lice start­ing Aug. 20. The new pa­trol po­lice of­fi­cers there will be trained by ex­perts from Cal­i­for­nia, the U.S. A num­ber of other cities, in­clud­ing Kharkiv, Kmel­nyt­skiy, Lutsk, Myko­laiv and Dnipropetr­o­vsk will get new po­lice of­fi­cers by the end of the year. ($2.9 mil­lion) was al­lo­cated from the bud­get to cre­ate the new po­lice force, ac­cord­ing to the In­te­rior Min­istry. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Arsen Avakov promised that it will take for ev­ery pa­trol group to get to an ac­ci­dent scene. The new po­lice of­fi­cers are sched­uled to work one 12-hour work day fol­lowed by two days off.

Num­ber­ing 2,000, Kyiv’s new po­lice force, who wil po­lice both ve­hi­cle traf­fic and pa­trol neigh­bor­hoods, stand dur­ing their swear­ing-in cer­e­mony presided over by Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on July 4. (An­drew Kravchenko)

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