20 October 2016

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Ukraine's National Police chief stages two wars: against criminals and corrupt officials

In July 2015 the Ukrainian government started to gradually introduce the brand-new police force in the country's cities. Now, almost a year since, Ukraine Today sits with Ukraine's police chief Khatia Dekanoidze to discuss this major reform of the Ukrainian government.

"I can't say that of course that all police officers are fair right now – of course they are not. But we're trying to get rid of the corrupted officers,” Dekanoidze says in an interview with Ukraine Today.

“I can face this pressure or stress every day, because it's my everyday job. And nobody can deny that this is a tough job. Of course, it is tough. Because on the one hand, we have to fight against criminals, and on the other hand – do some reforms,” she says.

Dekanoidze adds that there are a lot of “signs of sabotage, resistance from the system, especially at the first phase, when we started.”

Ukraine’s National Police chief says it is “important for Ukrainians is to have law enforcement system free of corruption.”

See’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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