From Vicenza to Ukraine: Equipping Police with Community Policing Skills

July 03, 2024

One of EUAM’s priorities is re-establishing the rule of law and providing assistance to law enforcement agencies in the liberated and adjacent territories.

In Post-Conflict Environments, especially in liberated territories, it is essential to realise effective, efficient, representative, responsive, and accountable police services that serve and protect the population. Police should prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and maintain public order and safety in adherence to the rule of law and international human rights law.

EUAM in close cooperation with our international partners, in particular the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU), organised a training course on Community Oriented Policing for Ukrainian Police officers 19-25 June at the CoESPU in Vicenza, Italy.

Community-oriented Policing is a strategy for encouraging the public to act as partners with the police in preventing and managing crime, as well as other aspects of security and order, based on the community’s needs. The trainees were focused on Community-Oriented Policing, which has four essential elements: consulting with communities, responding to communities, mobilising communities, and solving recurring problems.

Ukrainian police officers highly appreciated the course participation and the knowledge gained to enhance the trust of the public. Mission members and Ukrainian Police group leader Anna Chansteva met Brigadier General Giuseppe De Magistris, the CoESPU Director and discussed organisation of training for new groups of Ukrainian police officers.

“We are grateful to our partners from CoESPU for their extensive expertise that will help Ukraine in its post-conflict recovery and aligning its police services with international standards,” said Andres Lopez, EUAM General Policing Adviser. “By equipping Ukrainian police officers with the skills and knowledge needed for Community Oriented Policing, we are strengthening their capabilities and supporting them in building deeper trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. This training is a vital step towards achieving safety, security, and adherence to the rule of law in liberated territories.”