Ukraine has made significant steps towards bringing its law enforcement system in line with European and international best practice through the EU-funded PRAVO Police programme. This was the conclusion reached by participants at the final event of the PRAVO Police programme held in Kyiv on 31 August 2022.
The programme was implemented by UNOPS in close cooperation with the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine between 2017 and 2022.
The programme contributed in particular to a stronger and more resilient IT infrastructure for the National Police and the State Bureau of Investigation by providing modern data centres that facilitate the secure storage, analysis and exchange of investigative data. The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office became more professional in leadership, advocacy and communication, and improved its capacity to implement transparent and results-based human resources processes. The programme has helped Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to adopt new approaches to community engagement, crowd security and crime investigation.
The €36 million programme budget was also used to provide Ukrainian law enforcement agencies with expert advice, specialised training on a range of topics, forensic equipment, personal protection equipment, vehicles, ICT equipment and professional software.
“The fact that Ukraine received candidacy status is testament to the progress Ukraine has made over the past few years. Shortly after the Russian invasion, EUAM and PRAVO Police redirected their activities to provide essential support to Ukrainian police officers, border guards, detectives, and prosecutors. Ukraine needs international support now like never before, and we need to make sure this support continues to come in different ways,” said acting Head of the EU Advisory Mission, Fredrik Wesslau.
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