National Police of Ukraine
The National Police of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Національна поліція України, Natsional'na politsiya Ukrainy), commonly shortened to Police (Ukrainian: Поліція, Politsiya), is the national, and the only, police service of Ukraine. It was formed on 3 July 2015, as part of the post-Euromaidan reforms launched by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, to replace Ukrainian's previous national police service, the Militsiya. On 7 November 2015 all the remaining militsiya were labelled "temporary acting" members of the National Police.
|National Police of Ukraine |
(Національна поліція України)
Patch of the National Police
Emblem of the National Police
Badge of the National Police
|Motto||To serve and protect |
(Служити і захищати)
|Formed||4 July, 2015|
|Annual budget||13.9 billion UAH (2016)|
|Population||44 million (approx.)|
|Governing body||Government of Ukraine|
|Overviewed by||Ministry of Internal Affairs|
|Headquarters||10, Academician Bohomolets |
str., Kyiv, Ukraine 
|Patrol cars||Toyota Prius|
Prior to 3 July 2015, law enforcement in Ukraine was carried out directly by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as the militsiya. Plans to reform the Ministry, which was widely known to be corrupt, had been advocated by various governments and parties, but these plans were never realised.
In the aftermath of the 2013–2014 Euromaidan movement and subsequent revolution, the need for reform was acknowledged by all parties. Parliamentary elections were held in October 2014, after which all five of the parties that formed the governing coalition pledged to reform the ministry and create a new national police service.
As part of the reforms, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov, presented plans to reduce the number of police officers in Ukraine to 160,000 by the end of 2015. The reform plans started with the combination of the ministry's current State Auto Inspection (DAI) and the patrol service in the country's capital Kyiv in summer 2015. This new police patrol received funding from various countries. 2,000 new policemen and women, picked from 33,000 applicants, were recruited to initiate the new service in Kyiv. Officers were American-trained.
Upon the launch of Kyiv's new patrol police on 4 July 2015, the militsiya ceased all patrolling but continued working at precincts and administrative offices. After that the new police patrol was rolled out across Ukraine. The organisation was formally established as the National Police on 2 September 2015. By late September 2015, 2,000 new constables were on duty in Kiev, 800 were on duty in Kharkiv and 1,700 were on duty in the cities of Odesa and Lviv. At this point, the militsiya was 152,000 officers strong, and continued to handle most policing across Ukraine. The basic salary of the new police force (almost $400 a month) is about three times as much the basic salary of the former militsiya; an attempt to decrease corruption.
The new National Police officially replaced the old militsiya on 7 November 2015. On that day, the remaining militsiya were labelled "temporarily acting" members of the National Police. The change allowed for them to become members of the National Police after "integrity checks", but they were only eligible if they met the age criteria and went through retraining. This transition period ended on 20 October 2016. In this transition period 26% of police commanders were dismissed and 4,400 policemen and policewomen demoted and the same number of people promoted.
According to Professor Oleksandr Ponomariv of the Kyiv University's Institute of Journalism, the correct Ukrainian language term for a police officer is 'politsiyant' (поліціянт). This is in contrast to the term 'politseysky' (поліцейський), a loan word from the Russian language, commonly used to refer to an officer of the National Police.
Ranks are rarely used by the public when addressing police officers in Ukraine; it is more common to hear the term Pan (Пан) (female - Pani (Пані) - Ukrainian for mister/miss - used to refer to police officers. Qualifying terms such as 'ofitser' (офіцер) or 'politseiskyi' (поліцейський) may also be used in conjunction with these forms of address.
Structure and branchesEdit
The National Police is divided into a number of different services. Each force has internal subdivisions. This leaves the police service with a large number of specialised branches which can more specifically target certain types of crime and apply more expert knowledge in the investigation of cases relating to their area of policing. In addition to these specific groups, all police forces retain a majority of officers for the purpose of patrol duty and general law enforcement.
The Police contains the following subdivisions:
- Criminal Police (Кримінальна поліція) – investigation and prevention of serious and violent crime in Ukraine
- Department in fight against drug-related crime
- Department of Cyber Police (Кіберполіція, Департамент кіберполіції) – fighting against cyber crimes
- Department of Economic Security
- Department of Patrol Police (Патрульна поліція) – general law enforcement operations, traffic policing and patrol duty (includes riot police divisions)
- number of municipal administrations
- Department of Police Security (Поліція охорони) – Successor to the State Security Service (nothing to do with the State Security Administration)
In addition, the following special units exist:
- Special Police (Спеціальна поліція) – Tasked with keeping order in areas with special status and/or affected by natural or ecological disaster.
- Rapid Operational Response Unit (KORD) (Корпус Оперативно-Раптової Дії) – Tactical response unit, tasked with resolution of stand-off situations involving hostages and/or heavily armed suspects. Also tasked with providing a tactical support function to other divisional officers.
- Pre-trial Investigative Services (Органи досудового розслідування) – Representatives of the National Investigative Bureau, Tax Authorities and Security Services, tasked with investigating crime.
Shoulder patches of the regional police subdivisionsEdit
|Territorial force||Date of formation|
|Oblast / Municipality||Police force|
|City of Kyiv||Kyiv Patrol Police||4 July 2015|
|City of Lviv||Lviv Patrol Police||23 August 2015|
|City of Odesa||Odesa Patrol Police||25 August 2015|
|City of Kharkiv||Kharkiv Patrol Police||26 September 2015|
|Kyiv region||Kyiv Oblast Patrol Police||7 October 2015|
|City of Uzhhorod||Uzhhorod Patrol Police||29 November 2015|
|City of Mukacheve||Mukacheve Patrol Police||29 November 2015|
|City of Mykolaiv||Mykolaiv Patrol Police||6 December 2015|
|City of Lutsk||Lutsk Patrol Police||19 December 2015|
|City of Khmelnytskyi||Khmelnytskyi Patrol Police||26 December 2015 |
|City of Dnipro||Dnipro Patrol Police||17 January 2016|
|City of Ivano-Frankivsk||Ivano-Frankivsk Patrol Police||30 January 2016|
|City of Kherson||Kherson Patrol Police||8 February 2016|
|City of Chernihiv||Chernihiv Patrol Police||19 February 2016|
|City of Vinnytsia||Vinnytsia Patrol Police||22 February 2016|
|City of Kremenchuk||Kremenchuk Patrol Police||27 February 2016|
|City of Cherkasy||Cherkasy Patrol Police||1 March 2016|
|City of Poltava||Poltava Patrol Police||5 March 2016|
|City of Ternopil||Ternopil Patrol Police||12 March 2016|
|City of Zhytomyr||Zhytomyr Patrol Police||22 March 2016|
|City of Boryspil||Boryspil Patrol Police||24 March 2016|
|City of Chernivtsi||Chernivtsi Patrol Police||27 March 2016|
|City of Zaporizhia||Zaporizhia Patrol Police||16 April 2016|
|City of Rivne||Rivne Patrol Police||19 April 2016|
|City of Kropyvnytskyi||Kropyvnytskyi Patrol Police||28 April 2016|
|City of Sumy||Sumy Patrol Police||12 May 2016|
|City of Kramatorsk||Kramatorsk Patrol Police||14 May 2016|
|City of Sloviansk||Sloviansk Patrol Police||14 May 2016|
|City of Kryvyi Rih||Kryvyi Rih Patrol Police||19 May 2016|
|Sievierodonetsk||Sievierodonetsk Patrol Police||22 May 2016|
|Lysychansk||Lysychansk Patrol Police||22 May 2016|
|Rubizhne||Rubizhne Patrol Police||22 May 2016|
|Mariupol||Mariupol Patrol Police||30 May 2016|
|Junior officers||Senior officers|
for every day uniform
|Supervisory officers||Staff officers|
for every day uniform
|Picture||Make and model||Country of origin||Use||Quantity||Notes|
|Patrol car||1,568||General purpose patrol car.|
Supplied by Japan in return for Ukrainian emissions permits under the Kyoto Protocol.
|Highway patrol car||110||Highway patrol car.|
Former taxis operated under the SkyTaxi brand by Kiev's Boryspil International Airport. Owned by the state and transferred to the Police as surplus to SkyTaxi's requirements.
|Patrol car||38||Procured for the police in the Western Ukrainian region of Volyn.|
|Patrol car||635||Were bought by in 2017.|
|Police van||192||Badged as Renault and based on the Dacia Dokker. Assembled in Morocco.|
|Patrol car||104||Badged as Renault and based on the Dacia Duster. Assembled in Romania.|
|Patrol car||>20||Were bought before 2014 by former Ukrainian Militsya|
|Patrol car||9||Were bought by Poltava Police in 2016.|
|Raketa-Futong FT 150|| /
|Helicopter||1||Is used to maintain public order during mass events|
|Patrol Car||20||Bought for Kyiv security police|
|Patrol car||400||First cars delivered in 2018. Assembled in Ukraine.|
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