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Great expectations and responsibilities. Oath of new patrol police in Kherson
  • Written by Olga Zhukova, IRC “Legal Space”
  • Published in  Events
New patrol police took the oath in Kherson Photo by Vyacheslav Gusakov, Vgoru newspaper
New patrol police took the oath in Kherson

On 8 February more than 300 police officers took the Oath of Honor in Kherson. Five months ago these guys and girls passed a serious competitive selection. Three months of intense training. And here they wearing nice uniforms are taking the oath in the city Park of Glory. To serve the people of Ukraine!

The celebration was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, the Chief of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze, Deputy Chief of the Ukrainian National Police Alexander Fatsevich and heads of Kherson RSA, Kherson Regional Council and City Council.

Arsen Avakov in his speech mentioned that in September last year only every tenth of 3200 applicants membership in the ranks of the National Police managed to graduate.

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Photo by Vyacheslav Gusakov, Vgoru newspaper. Guests of honor at the oath ceremony in Kherson

Was training easy? Six days a week, from morning until late evening future patrol officers studied criminal and administrative law, reporting traffic accidents, tactical training, improving effective communication skills, etc. The significant period of time was spent on studying such topics as "Human Rights", "Domestic Violence Prevention" "Combating Human Trafficking", "Tolerance and Non-Discrimination". The study of these disciplines and further application of the gained knowledge in practice are designed to change the attitudes of the police towards people. And, as a result – people’s attitudes to the police.

Alina, a cadet of the 6th group comments on training:

“During this period I have discovered many things that in ordinary times I’ve never noticed. We learned a lot of interesting and necessary things to provide professional aid to people. I am very grateful to all the teachers!”

Among police officers sixteen persons participated in ATO, there are also Euromaidan activists and internally displaced persons from the occupied Donbass and Crimea who are now living in Kherson. One of them, Tatiana Nervit, who in the summer of 2014 t arrived with her baby from Debaltsevo, was presented by Arsen Avakov with a vyshivanka. Eugene did not change the oath and with his military unit left the occupied Crimea for Ukraine.

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Photo by Vyacheslav Gusakov, Vgoru newspaper. Tatiana Nervit is serving now in the patrol police of Kherson

Teachers congratulated the graduates.

“Training has been completed, ahead is the everyday routine. I believe that they will be able to change the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to win the trust of community. Teachers and students invested a lot of efforts and time in training. Congratulations to police officers, teachers, citizens!”, the teacher of Human Rights, coordinator of IRC "Legal Space" Anna Martyniuk said.


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Photo by Vyacheslav Gusakov, Vgoru newspaper. Coordinator of IRC "Legal Space" Anna Martyniuk welcomes new patrol police.

The mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolaienko has high hopes for the new patrol police:

“More than 300 boys and girls... will faithfully serve and protect the citizens from evil and misfortune every day. Not only the traffic safety and order in the streets are in their hands. They are holding in their hands the hopes of hundreds of thousands of people for changes in Ukraine. They bear the responsibility, people will trust the police, and therefore, all the power in the state. I am pleased to see so many girls among officers – during war they along with the men endured all the difficulties and now are ready to protect our peaceful life. Ukraine is changing... …I believe that the new police will become a model to follow, be honest, patriotic and, above all, kind to people, love them”.

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