EU refurbishes 20 community-friendly police stations across Ukraine

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Twenty police stations renovated, 10 specialized public order and 20 community policing vehicles provided and 336 sets of personal protective equipment handed over to the National Police of Ukraine. These are the results of the two-year EU-funded project 'Support to Police Reform in Ukraine’ (SPRU), implemented jointly by the Swedish Police and UNOPS, with the support of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM).

Aiming to support the transformation of police as a service provider, the joint initiative aimed to increase effectiveness and public trust in the police by contributing to reforming this law-enforcement agency in the areas of public order and community policing. To this end 420 police officers received tactical training in management of public gatherings. Advisors from the European Union and trainers from the Swedish and Danish police trained the National Police of Ukraine over 24 months in areas such as community policing, human rights, counteracting domestic violence and democratic approaches in policing.

The reception areas of the 20 stations were renovated in order to become more citizen-oriented and constructed in accordance with the highest European standards, taking into account the needs of people with special needs.

The project also aimed to strengthen partnerships between police and local communities through introducing community-informed approach to policing based on communication and the establishment of a positive relationship between the police and the public. This implies a preventive approach to crime and a joint understanding of the causes of crime and the role of the police in addressing them. To this end

12 community policing projects in Lviv, Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts were implemented.

“With the support of our European partners we have taken over an obligation to reconstruct, to renovate 20 police stations in the three regions and to renovate not only premises and facades. The idea was far deeper. To make police services at those stations more available and transparent. To build those services on co-operation, more citizen-oriented approach and to increase trust towards the police, at the same time not forgetting and reforming a component such as public order facilitation. And today we are already speaking about the implementation of this programme,” said Mr Serhii Knyazev, Head of the National Police of Ukraine.

“The EU will continue to support the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police in transforming law enforcement agencies into truly open and democratically-oriented services, whose primary role is to serve Ukrainian people,” Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, said.