August 4, 2016, Ukraine celebrates the first Day of the National Police.
Ceremonies were held in the capital on Sophia Square, where the first officials of newly formed Police swore allegiance to Ukraine and its people a year ago.
The Secretary of the National Defense and Security Council Oleksandr Turchynov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Stepan Kubiv, as well as the Head of National Police Khatia Dekanoidze arrived to congratulate the law enforcement officers
During the Ceremony, the police officials were given new titles and praised for their professional achievements.
The former pre-revolutionary militia in Ukraine was not a proper guarantee of safety and reliability. On the contrary, it was associated with the Ukrainians corruption, greed and lawlessness, the qualities to fight with, according to Oleksandr Turchynov who spoke about great responsibility resting on the shoulders of the new police.
“The former and warped law enforcement system prodused not only violence and fear, helplessness in critical situations, but also betrayal which is even more damgerous. Today, the new police faces serious challenges. The reforms that are now taking place in law enforcement, should not prevent the police readiness to protect the citizens. But it is necessary to understand that the citizens will respect the police only when they feel the provided protection of their lives, their property, their rights and their future,” said Alexander Turchinov, as cited by QHA.
The variety of Ukrainian Police units was demonstrated to the guests, so that the people of Kyiv were familiar with the security police, cycle-police, moto-police, and the CORD special unit.
Moreover, the festival visitors were shown the equipment used by police officers to perform their tasks.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who is currently on a working visit to Malaysia, the Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, and other political and public figures have also joined in congratulating.