Police Academy KIEV
The new Ukrainian government is scrambling to create a new European state on post soviet ground burned by riots and transition and deeply rotted by corruption. It has to deal with war with Russia in the east, a collapsed economy, entrenched oligarchs, an increasingly vocal conservative nationalist minority and dramatically discredited law enforcement. Of all these problems, only the police could be tackled quickly, effectively, and publicly. It is the closest to people state institution infamously riddled with corruption. In the post-Soviet period, greed and corruption became the militsiya’s distinguishing characteristics
Last December President Petro Poroshenko granted Ukrainian citizenship to then-36-year-old Eka Zguladze-Glucksmann, the former first deputy interior minister of Georgia. There, Zguladze-Glucksmann helped devise essentially similar reforms in 2006–2012. In Ukraine, she was given the title of first deputy interior minister and the task of creating a new police force.
In March a publicity campaign called ‘My new police’ was launched. Within a month a newly created recruiting center had collected more than 34,000 applications. A series of tests, including general assessment, fitness, and physical exams, a personality test, and an interview, winnowed the pool to just over 2,000 people, more than a quarter of them women.They received 10 weeks of training — roughly half the length of a basic training course received by a police officer in the U.S. The new recruits also received speech and communication coaching. And it needs to feel different — so the space in which the public comes in contact with the police must be reimagined.
The new reform looks both bold and confusing as its goal isn’t just to rebuild an institution, but to create an ideal European country. Even if sending two thousands of undertrained and nervous young men and women in American police uniforms, patrolling the streets of Kiev might bring up some unwanted associations with one famous goofy comedy movie. If they survive and succeed, the Ukrainian state might too.