A workshop organised by the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) and National Police of Ukraine brought together representatives of law enforcement bodies, non-governmental organisations, local businesses and local government in Khmelnytskyi last week. The aim of the event was to help build stronger, lasting partnerships between the police and the community they serve.
“Problems in the community affect everyone and so it is only logical that the solutions to those problems should also be a joint effort involving diverse members of the community,” said William Brame, EUAM Lead Adviser on Community Policing. “Our main task with this workshop was to introduce the philosophy of community policing to representatives of the community in Khmelnytskyi and then to expand on that introduction by explaining common problem solving techniques, group work and decision making processes for establishing partnerships.”
The ultimate aim is for the police in Khmelnytskyi to set up community action groups that regularly bring together police officers and members of the community and have defined tasks.
At the workshop, community representatives highlighted theft, illegal street trading and illegal dumping of waste as issues that could be better dealt with via concerted cooperation between law enforcement and the community.
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