Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in an interview with Ukrinform news agency, Censor.NET reports quoting Interior Ministry press service.
"After that, people qualify for police officers and get the right to wear a new uniform. It is this uniform by which, according to our plan, people should discern a police officer who has been recertified," the minister said.
He added that it is crucial to understand that having the new police requires the allocation of funds, otherwise the reform is doomed.
"We have significantly raised the salaries of police officers, but we have situations where lieutenants already receive decent wages, and senior officers don't. Who are we kidding? Do you think a colonel will work for 4,000 hryvnia (approx. $160 per month), realizing the complexity of the situation, while his subordinate gets 6,000 hryvnia (approx. $240), and heroically endure it? How many weeks will he last? One, three, and then he will start stealing. A human being is weak!" Avakov noted.
He said the Interior Ministry will ask the government this year to allocate additional funding of 2 billion hryvnia (approx. $79.278 million) in order to provide all recertified police officers with decent salary and uniforms.
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