Ukraine’s New Patrol Police

This week marked another reform milestone for Ukraine—the newly trained Patrol Police in Odesa were publicly sworn-in in front of Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and Minister of Internal Affairs Avakov.

The State Department, working through the California Highway Patrol and the Reno and Dayton police departments, supported this training for new and more effective police in Kyiv, Lviv, and now Odesa. In September, a new patrol police force will also stand up in Kharkiv.

We commend the Government of Ukraine on this important public trust initiative and continue to stand with Ukraine as it fights corruption, pursues reform, and strengthens rule of law.