The Head of State took part in the solemn ceremony of taking the military oath by the patrol police.
Greeting the attendees of the ceremony, the President congratulated Odesa on the birthday of the patrol police of the city. “It is not another unit. It is a new page of the Ukrainian history. Clean, fair, patriotic and Ukrainian police of Odesa will demonstrate the best qualities. And it’s not about a new uniform. It is about a new preparation, new leadership and new Law, which has been recently adopted in the Parliament and signed by me,” Petro Poroshenko said.
According to the Head of State, people’s trust is the main thing necessary for the efficient functioning of the new police. “I am confident that Odesa police will repeat the success of its colleagues from Kyiv, where the police was launched a month ago and today, 80% of Kyiv residents trust new police officers. They know that they will find protection, support, help, Law and Constitution from the new policemen. I believe that the same will happen with the police in Odesa,” the President emphasized.
Addressing the new policemen, the Head of State emphasized: “I believe that you will not put the high title of Ukrainian police officer to shame. For the trust gained by your colleagues in Kyiv is the most valuable treasure, which is difficult to achieve and easy to lose”.
The Head of State is confident that the trust of Odesa residents will be a great support. “Ultimately, the police is a service, which the state provides for the citizens. Kyiv has already shown that we have started to change and the reform is in progress. I believe that this reform will be triumphantly continued in Odesa,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
Informing on his visit to Germany, the President stressed: “The key task is to intensify reforms and ensure rapid integration into the EU. I am sure that we will soon be able to provide a report on the implementation of reforms and receive a prospect of the visa-free regime. We are a European country and the police is a key attribute of the European country,” Petro Poroshenko said.
“I am confident that we will manage to build not only the patrol police, but also all law enforcement spheres in a few months,” the President noted.
“Today, Odesa is an outpost of reforms implemented by Odesa RSA Head, former President of Georgia and my reliable friend Mikheil Saakashvili,” the President emphasized. The Head of State is glad that he had involved high-class officials from all over the world in the implementation of reforms in Ukraine.
The new police in Ukraine is a symbol of revolutionary reforms, as stated by Petro Poroshenko. “The success of the police, success in the development of the army, success of our diplomats who really helped me form a powerful international coalition in support of Ukraine are a solid guarantee that everything will be fine in our country,” the President stated.
The Head of State noted that Kyiv police proved its probity and commitment to principles. “People’s deputies and local government officials became victims of the new police, but the Ukrainian people received benefits from that. I am sure that the same thing will happen in Odesa,” he said.
Addressing the new patrol police officers, the President noted: “Due to the support of the entire Ukrainian society and our international partners, you are well-equipped and trained, you have clearly defined obligations and rights. You have gained the right to represent Odesa police in a tough struggle: 12 persons ran for the office”. Chief of the Patrol Police Department in Odesa Bohdan Fedun also went through the rigid professional selection. “He is a policeman who was a battalion commander in Kyiv. You bear a tremendous responsibility, Bohdan, not to lose, but to further strengthen the trust of people you have at the beginning,” the President said.
The President emphasized that, except criminals, the worst enemy the new police must overcome is bribery. “You will be lured with bribes, sometimes bigger than your monthly salary, just as it is done in Kyiv. But if you take the bribe once, you will lose self-respect and respect of other people to you forever,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President wished the new policemen success in their difficult and responsible service for the protection of life, health and legal interests of people.