On 10 September, the EU-funded PRAVO Police programme delivered 18 patrol police cars, 40 public order support vehicles, nine defibrillators, state-of-the-art servers and data storage systems as well as a bomb suit and related equipment for the National Police of Ukraine (NPU). This equipment for approximately EUR 3.4 million will help Ukrainian police to become more effective in performing their critical duties and enhance safety in Ukrainian cities, communities, streets, and roads.
“The EU is the leading supporter of sustainable rule of law reforms in Ukraine. Together with the European Union Advisory Mission, the EU-funded Pravo-Police programme helps to establish a more accountable, transparent, efficient and effective law-enforcement system for the benefit of all Ukrainians”, said Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
“The EU Advisory Mission is pleased to support the National Police with public order. EUAM currently provides training for Special Police Units on the new Public Order Concept throughout Ukraine. In combination with the 40 vehicles that the EU hands over today, I am confident that you have a good basis for an effective roll-out of the new Public Order concept,” said Acting Head of EUAM, Fredrik Wesslau.
“Police reform is a crucial component of broader rule of law reform in Ukraine, and the PRAVO Police programme is honoured to contribute to this ongoing transformation which focuses on the delivery of modernised, efficient and human rights-based policing. We are proud to work alongside our partners in the Ministry of Interior, the National Police, and the European Union to provide world-class equipment and technical expertise that will strengthen police capacity at all levels to effectively combat crime and maintain peace whilst protecting citizens’ rights,” noted Fran O’Grady, Senior Programme Manager, UNOPS/PRAVO Police.
The patrol cars will be used to nine regions across Ukraine: Kirovohrad, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi, Poltava and Khmelnytskyi and enhance police mobility and reduce time while responding to emergency situations. In many emergency and crime response situations, police officers are often the first on scene and must be equipped to provide immediate life-saving first aid. With the help of the defibrillators police officers will be able to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest victims and save more lives.
A heavy-duty bomb suit and disruptors/de-armers will enhance the capacity of the Donetsk oblast police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in demining and disposing of explosive objects, such as mines, bombs and improvised explosive devices, while ensuring safety of the officers and local populations. In 2020 alone, the NPU EOD team in Donbas region responded to over 560 calls, consisting of over 40,000 individual items, with more than two tonnes of explosive content.