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Ukraine: Kiev's Western-trained police officers are sworn in00:40

Ukraine: Kiev's Western-trained police officers are sworn in

Ukraine, Kiev
July 4, 2015 at 07:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

New members of Kiev's Western-trained police patrol were sworn in during a ceremony on the city's St. Sofia square, Saturday. Anton Gerashchenko, a senior adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, has stated that 80 percent of Ukraine's police could be replaced within the next five years. The new force will be paid four times as much as current officers, in a bid to drive out corruption.

The police force, trained by US instructors, is a quarter female. Eka Zguladze, a Georgian-born academic who oversaw the reform of Georgia's police from 2006-2012 while interior minister, is applying the same processes she practiced under former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of the Odessa Oblast.

Ukraine has one of the highest ratios of police to population on the European continent, yet only three percent of the public have trust in the force, according to The Concept of Police Reform - a government commissioned policy paper.

The event was attended by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov and several ambassadors of neighbouring countries.

Ukraine: Kiev's Western-trained police officers are sworn in00:40
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New members of Kiev's Western-trained police patrol were sworn in during a ceremony on the city's St. Sofia square, Saturday. Anton Gerashchenko, a senior adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, has stated that 80 percent of Ukraine's police could be replaced within the next five years. The new force will be paid four times as much as current officers, in a bid to drive out corruption.

The police force, trained by US instructors, is a quarter female. Eka Zguladze, a Georgian-born academic who oversaw the reform of Georgia's police from 2006-2012 while interior minister, is applying the same processes she practiced under former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of the Odessa Oblast.

Ukraine has one of the highest ratios of police to population on the European continent, yet only three percent of the public have trust in the force, according to The Concept of Police Reform - a government commissioned policy paper.

The event was attended by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov and several ambassadors of neighbouring countries.