EUAM’s Community Policing curriculum complements educational programme for Ukraine’s universities

November 25, 2021

A new step forwards the implementation of the Community Policing approach in Ukraine was made yesterday in Mariupol. Teachers from all universities in the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs underwent a ‘Training of Trainers’ course, developed by the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) and the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine.

Community Policing approach is one of the best ways to achieve trust of people and respond to community security concerns. It is an effective tool to build the dialogue bridges and cooperation between citizens and police.

Last year, the Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs (DSUIA) requested EUAM to provide a Community Policing Curriculum. The programme was developed accordingly, and in May 2021 EUAM experts teamed up with the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine in order to train the first group of DSUIA teachers. International experts provided them skills and knowledge they could cascade to their colleagues and cadets.

The Community Policing Curriculum, which contains best international practices, was distributed to all seven Ukraine’s Universities of Internal Affairs and became a part of their educational programme. EUAM will also support  all these universities at the launch of their own Community Policing course for cadets.

Mariupol made another step yesterday for the implementation of these plans: 18 teachers from all Ukraine’s universities of Internal Affairs successfully completed a six-day ‘Training of Trainers’ course in order to become instructors.  The programme was delivered under the supervision of EUAM experts.

“Community Policing is one of EUAM’s biggest priorities. Promoting trust between police and communities through dialogue and professional police services is essential in every society”, said Head of EUAM, Antti Hartikainen. “We believe that one of the best ways  to sustain the Community Policing approach is to make it a part of the educational system for the police cadets in the universities of Internal Affairs across Ukraine. We will be honoured to support them in the implementation of the Community Policing curriculum”.

“Community Policing is one of the most important projects for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police of Ukraine. Today, police is working with communities in order to address problems and challenges. The project is aimed at cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens. It is based on the principles of trust, support and cooperation,” said Kateryna Pavlichenko, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.