The Head of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM), Kestutis Lancinskas, and Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine, Oleksandr Fatsevych, addressed 60 dialogue police officers from across Ukraine at a conference in the country’s capital of Kyiv on 7 November.
The conference participants will be key players in the country’s future approach to public-order policing. The event follows the recent approval of a new public-order concept for Ukraine that has paved the way for deeper reforms of public-order practices.
The public order concept – which EUAM experts advised on – was signed off by the country’s Internal Affairs Minister in August this year. The document outlines the methods for police to use during mass events such as demonstrations, sporting events and concerts, and it reflects the advice that EUAM provided based on EU public order models, in particular the ‘Scandinavian approach’.
“The task of the police in a democratic state is to make sure that the rights of people are protected and facilitated by the police, that mass events can take place in a safe and secure manner for both participants and other citizens,” said Lancinskas. “Citizens should enjoy their right of peaceful assembly, and police should ensure that. The dialogue policing technique allows police to get closer to the people they serve and therefore become more trusted by them.”
Dialogue policing is an integral part of the public-order concept – it emphasises the importance of communication with the organisers and participants of mass events, and of other skills designed to de-escalate tensions and avoid violence.
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