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Ukraine's National Police turn two: Successes and challenges

The brand new National Police of Ukraine marked its second anniversary of creation on August 4.

Photo from UNIAN
The first city where the police started patrolling the streets was Kyiv / Photo from UNIAN

Now some 119,000 policemen serve in the National Police.

At the disposal of the National Police are 16,407 cars, 104 motorcycles, 21 boats, 1 helicopter, 23 horses, and 1,037 dogs.

Avakov says about 44% of Ukrainians trust National PoliceThe first city where the police started patrolling the streets was Kyiv. It was Kyiv's Sofiyska Square where the official oath-taking ceremony took place. Lviv was second. Then, the brand new patrol police appeared in other regional centers and large cities and towns: Uzhgorod and Mukachevo, Mykolayiv, Lutsk, Khmelnytsky, Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Bila Tserkva, Kherson, Chernihiv, Vinnytsya, Kremenchuk, Cherkasy, Poltava, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Chop, Zaporizhia, Rivne, Cherkasy, Kropyvnytsky, Sumy, Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, Kryvy Rih, Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne, and Mariupol.

The National Police were created on August 4, 2015, as part of reform of law-enforcement agencies in Ukraine.

High hopes were pinned on the new cops. There was much hype around the police in the first weeks, many took selfies with them. However, it became clear as time passed that the reformed law-enforcement agency did not fully justify the hopes.

And the point were not policemen themselves, but unfinished reform that keeps the new cops hostage of the old bureaucratic system and has caused an outflow of personnel.

Tags: police, reform

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