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 First stage of police reform ends May 31 in Mariupol, - Avakov

Ukraine will have seen patrol police in all major cities by June 1, 2016.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the National Police press service, this was stated by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

"We are completing the first stage of the reform on May 31 in Mariupol. On June 1, we will have patrol police in all major cities of Ukraine. Overall, more than 11,000 police officers have enrolled in service," Avakov said.

He added that some more steps were still to be made: a large-scale reform of Interior Ministry service centers, the establishment of local police service, a reform of National Police criminal and investigative blocks, as well as district police stations, remand prisons and the like.

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National Police Chief Khatia Dekanoidze added that the establishment of the patrol police is only a part of the reform, while the issues of improving the legal framework, reforming the criminal police, and training police officers are no less important.

"We still have a big piece of work: the criminal police and officers' training. Therefore, we'll proceed in this direction," she noted.

Dekanoidze noted that the patrol police will help the criminal block fight street crime. In addition, the authority plans to pay much attention to improving the legal framework that regulates the National Police activity.

"The main thing I want to say is that we have an understanding of the concept: where the National Police is going. I want to thank each person who believed in the future of Ukraine, the future of the National Police," Dekanoidze summed up.

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