The National Police of Ukraine received 150 thousand respirators, 170 thousand face masks and 60 thousand protective suits from the EU and UNOPS worth the total of over UAH 15 million.
Matti Maasikas, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, said: “We deliver personal protective equipment to Ukrainian police officers to help them stay safe while performing their daily duties in service to the people of Ukraine. This protective equipment will significantly enhance capabilities of the National Police of Ukraine in the conditions of epidemic.”
“It is an honor for us to be a reliable partner of the European Union and the Government of Ukraine in this difficult time and facilitate delivery of personal protective equipment for Ukrainian police officers who untiringly maintain order and public safety,” Irina Sahakyan-Vetter, Head of UNOPS Office in Ukraine, said.
The press release says that police officers are constantly exposed to the danger of getting infected with coronavirus, and that they are insufficiently provided with personal protective equipment. To solve this problem, PRAVO-Police project, working closely with the EU Delegation to Ukraine, EUAM, the Interior Ministry of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine, organized a procurement of personal protective equipment to help police officers stay safe while performing their duties.
For information: the project “Supporting reforms for development of the rule of law in Ukraine in the areas of police activity, prosecution and good governance” (PRAVO-Police) is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with financial support from the European Union in coordination with the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM). The general purpose of this project is to promote reform of the system of rule of law in Ukraine and implement advanced European and international practices in this area.
PRAVO-Police provides support to the National Police of Ukraine and the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in reforming the system of protecting public order and criminal investigations, establishing the principles of pretrial investigations for the purpose of combating organized crime and cybercrime, implementing a police operation model based on information gathering and analysis and interaction between the police and the community, establishing an efficient witness protection system, enhancing cooperation between the Ukrainian police and the Interpol / Europol, and improving training and skill improvement programs for police officers.