On July 4, Ukrainian policemen celebrate their official professional holiday, the National Police Day. The respective date was established in 2014 and first celebrated in 2015.
The Ukrainian statesmen congratulated the policemen on their holiday. 'We're walking the path of complicated and important changes, and we're creating the new police system in this country', Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote. According to the minister, the citizens are now trusting the police more than before, and the reforms are underway. 'We're still on this path of changes, and it's too far from being over'.
Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces Operation, also greeted the police. 'I'm proud to be serving shoulder to shoulder with the best workers of the National Police, because they are among the best ones who serve in Donbas, protecting the country from the enemy', he posted on Facebook.
Currently, there are 15,000 people serving in the National Police of Ukraine.
July 4, the first national police officers appeared in Kyiv, giving a start to the Ukrainian police reform. This process began with the launch of patrol police, however, at that time, even without a special law. The relevant legal act was issued a month later, which is why it was the 4th of August that became an official Day of National Police of Ukraine. But then, President Poroshenko changed the date back to July 4.
In late August, the new patrol police appeared in Lviv and Odesa, then in Kharkiv and then on and on in the rest of the Ukrainian cities.