Ministry has already launched a second program on the introduction of police not
only in big cities but also in small towns and villages. This is the "Ukrainian sheriff"
militia officers will be replaced with new police officers - not only in a new uniform,
in new vehicles, but first of all with the new training, with the new
philosophy, new attitude towards every citizen," Prime Minister of Ukraine
Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined at a visiting session of the Government on Wednesday,
September 23, in Poltava.
so-called Ukrainian sheriffs should know every family, every house at their
stations in their districts, in small towns, in villages," he stressed.
The emergence of
new Ukrainian police officers in the streets of small towns and villages,
according to the Head of the Government, will enable to help citizens "directly
solve problems in every town, city and village."
The Government has additionally provided in
the budget UAH140 million for this program: "Now the Interior Minister is
actively working with our Western partners - the United States, Canada and member
states of the European Union - on obtaining funding for the National Police in
also noted that a candidate for the post of the National Police’s head is being
considered. He/she should be "a person of experience with a real will to form
a new police not by name, but by the content."
He also recalled
that more than 800 people applied to join the new police of Poltava:
"People with higher education, with some hands-on experience, but young
and motivated, come to the new Poltava police ready to pass the tests, ready to serve the
people of Ukraine."
"This is one
more key reform that every Poltava’s citizen can directly see, as we see it in
the streets of Kyiv," he said.
He stressed the
need to reform the law enforcement system as a whole: "By reducing the
number of police officers we improve quality of employees. Our
target by the end by the year - 152,000 employees in the law enforcement system
of the new Ukrainian National Police."