Today, on September 26th, 800 patrol officers took the oath at Freedom Square in Kharkiv.
The head of the patrol police of Kharkiv, Eugene Melnyk, read out the text of the oath. The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, chairman of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Igor Rainin, and deputies and regular citizens attended the honorary ceremony.
Speaking from the scene, Yatsenyuk called up the citizens to help new patrol officers changing the country: “I am confident that the new Kharkiv police will justify the trust of every citizen.”
According to him, the entire law enforcement system will change the pattern of police reform: the Security Service, the courts, customs, and tax inspectorate. “We cannot stop at the first stage of reforms,” claimed the prime minister.
Avakov and Yatsenyuk also handed the honorable signs and gifts to the police who participated in the ATO.
As it is known, the process of selection of the new Kharkiv police started on April 30th. Over 9000 Kharkivens expressed the desire to join the ranks of the new patrol police. During the competitive selection, 800 people were chosen and 22% of them are women.
Today, at 22:00, the new patrol police will go on its first shift in the city.
The ceremony also had an accident: one of the police women fainted and fell down. You can read a more detailed description of the incident in another article by TheKharkivTimes.