EU provides Ukrainian police with new vehicles and state-of-the-art equipment

13-09-2021
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 10 September, the EU-funded PRAVO Police programme delivered 18 patrol police cars, 40 public order support vehicles, nine defibrillators, state-of-the-art servers and data storage systems, as well as a bomb suit and related equipment for the National Police of Ukraine (NPU).

This equipment, worth approximately €3.4 million, will help Ukrainian police to become more effective in performing their critical duties and enhance safety in Ukrainian cities, communities, streets, and roads.

The patrol cars will be used in nine regions across Ukraine: Kirovohrad, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi, Poltava and Khmelnytskyi and enhance police mobility and reduce time while responding to emergency situations. With the help of the defibrillators, police officers will be able to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest victims and save more lives.

A heavy-duty bomb suit and disruptors/de-armers will enhance the capacity of the Donetsk oblast police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in demining and disposing of explosive objects, such as mines, bombs and improvised explosive devices, while ensuring safety of the officers and local populations.

Forty public order support vehicles will facilitate the NPU’s adoption of the ‘best European practices in public order management’ methodology that focuses on promoting dialogue, communication and de-escalation during large-scale public events, like football matches, protests, marches or rallies. Additionally, the NPU received 350 sets of protective body armour, helmets, gas masks and gloves for public-order-support teams.

The state-of-the-art IT system will enhance Ukrainian police capabilities to coordinate their work with Interpol/Europol in fighting organised and transnational crime. It will enable police to register, process, and store data, ensuring transparency, controlled and supervised management of automated information, processing of documents, as well as establishment of electronic archives.

This equipment has been procured within the framework of the programme Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine in the Areas of Police and Public Prosecution and Good Governance (PRAVO Police), funded by the EU and implemented by UNOPS in close coordination with the European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine. 

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