Head of Mission backs community policing concept during Lviv visit

April 19, 2016

During an extensive schedule of meetings in Lviv and Khmelnitsky last week, EUAM’s Head of Mission Kestutis Lancinskas opened a EUAM-organised community-policing workshop at the regional police headquarters in Lviv, where Mr Lancinskas said the community-policing approach would be pivotal in increasing levels of trust between Ukrainian citizens and the police. 

“Community policing is all about finding local solutions to local problems, and building trust between the police and the community,” said Mr Lancinskas. “It is a concept that is now central to our mandate, one of our five priorities, and it is encouraging to see the National Police embrace it as part of the ongoing reform process.” 

Mr Lancinskas was holding discussions in Lviv and Khmelnitsky at the regional offices of the National Police, Prosecutor’s Office, and Regional State Administration. He also visited the regional police training centre, and met with the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyy. The visit follows similar discussions held in Kharkiv during the previous week. 

Mr Lancinskas told partners that they could count on a comprehensive programme of measures from EUAM to support the reform process in the regions, where EUAM is in the process of increasing its activities – in particular in Lviv and Kharkiv.