Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison presents a pin to a Kyiv Patrol Police Academy graduate during a visit to Ukraine last October. Through a partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, INL supported the overhaul and rollout of the more than 16,000-member Patrol Police nationwide, which replaced the corrupt and inefficient traffic police with a protect-and-serve force. Public approval for the new Patrol Police units reached an unprecedented 70 percent shortly after the launch. This major police reform also improved public perception of the police force from less than 1 percent of the public fully trusting the police in 2013 to nearly 45 percent today.
Photo by Olesia Trachuk