10 facts about Kyiv’s new police officers
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)