EUAM HoM: how police deals with public order influences levels of trust

June 16, 2021

This week, a specialised team made up of representatives from Spain’s Guardia Civil, trainers from the National Police of Ukraine, and EU Advisory Mission experts, delivered a first 12-day  public order training on European best practices at Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs.

During the course, 70 officers from Kharkiv special police units learned more about new public order approaches, namely the gradual use of force, crowd psychology, legal framework, new tactics, and using vehicles with different formations as a tool for crowd management.

“The way police deal with public-order policing may have a direct influence on people’s trust in law-enforcement agencies and, in a wider perspective, in national authorities and institutions. This is important,” said the Head of EUAM, Antti Hartikainen, as he handed out certificates of completion to participants of the training. “It is vital for you, for your country, and indeed for all of Europe. This is why we in EUAM are very happy to cooperate and support you as best as possible in your endeavours in the field of public order policing.”

The aim of the course is to facilitate the implementation of Ukraine’s new public order concept within the framework of the UNOPS Pravo Police project. Apart from Kharkiv, these training sessions will be also held in Odesa and Dnipro. Up to 500 police officers are expected to undertake this international training programme.