Ukraine's all-new police force launches as beacon of change

19:00, 03 July 2015
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Much awaited graduation ceremony of the brand-new and highly motivated street patrol police officers took place in Kyiv police academy on Thursday marking an important step on Ukrainian government’s path toward reforming the police and eradicating corruption.

“I'm confident that this is a genuine new start and we'll be looking forward with great interest and enthusiasm to see how it goes,” said Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine while attending the ceremony. Canada, US, Australia and Japan contributed substantially to Ukraine’s police reform by providing financial support.

Katia Decanoidze, Advisor to the Interior Minister of Ukraine, said that the recruits went through a very difficult process of physical and legal education. Only 2,000 out of 34,000 applicants have been selected and in a couple of days they will be out in patrol on Kyiv, reports Ukraine Today.

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