Ukranian leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has today (Feb 23) promised reforms to strengthen policing during a visit to Kharkiv.
Mr Yatsenyuk, accompanied by the country’s Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, said law reform would make policing more effective and quicker.
In Freedom Square, addressing 350 police officers, Mr Avakov emphasised that law enforcement system was undergoing a major transition. “Many police worry about what will happen tomorrow, but everything will be fine, ” the minister said.
The ceremony also marked the introduction of Kharkiv to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Ian Tombinsky and Yevhen Zakharov, the head of the expert council on the protection of human rights council in the system of internal affairs and reform.
Mr Zakharov promised law enforcement officers will become more effective as police investigators will travel five times less as rapid response teams will be deployed.
Mr Yatsenyuk said Kharkiv and its region will become the third area to adopt the new rapid response system, with officers aiming to get to incidents in Kharkiv within seven minutes and to the wider region within 20 minutes. A new electronic system to facilitate police work is also planned.
During the event, 30 people protested against Mr Yatsenyuk‘s presence.