Interior Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov during the presentation of the new set of police in Chernihiv stated that “the end of the year there will be 6-7 thousand policemen in Ukraine, totally, about 152 thousand”. He explained that it would be not just a re-certification of personnel, but a total restart. Avakov said that now in the city police patrol can is successfully operating, but still there is a need of reforming the criminal unit, a corps of sudden action (commandos), update the district departments, experts, and investigators.
The Minister stated that $6.5 mln are to be allocated from the state budget to cover the needs of this project. US, Canada, Japan and the EU had provided the necessary assistance and support of Ukrainian police.
September 13, the patrol police service initiative has been lanched in Chernihiv, and there are more than 200 applicants already. July 4 the patrol police started its work in Kyiv, and in the end of the August – in Lviv and Odesa.
Prior to 3 July 2015, law enforcement in Ukraine was carried out directly by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as the militsiya. The militsiya was the national police service of Ukraine from the 1950s until 2015.