Posted by: U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt
Yesterday I had the opportunity to join Deputy Minister of Interior Eka Zguladze at the new patrol police recruitment center at the Teacher’s House in downtown Kyiv. The center is at the forefront of the Ukrainian government’s efforts to stand up a new, professional cadre of first responders committed to protecting and serving the public. I was delighted to learn that nearly 4,000 Ukrainians – more than 30% of them women — have already applied to serve their country and their communities as patrol police in Kyiv.
The United States is a proud partner of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior as it works to stand up this new police force. Once selected, new recruits will receive training from U.S. law enforcement experts funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. And as I told the crowd that joined us yesterday, we will be sending our very best trainers to support this critical element of Ukraine’s reform effort.
We all want to see the new patrol police build the trust between law enforcement and local communities that the Ukrainian people want and deserve. I’m grateful to Deputy Minister Zguladze and Minister Avakov for their leadership, and look forward to the patrol’s first deployment in Kyiv in June.
Interested in learning more about how to be a part of Ukraine’s new police? Check out http://mvs.gov.ua/mvs/control/main/uk/publish/article/1314915