More professional police: New draft law on Ukraine's police is being elaborated on
Politics17:48 Oct. 18, 2016

New draft law on Ukraine's police is being elaborated on

Fines for cursing, swearing and resisting police officers' are being included

Ukrainian MPs together with the Interior Ministry and advisors are working on a new draft law about Ukraine's police.

One of the major changes is truly international. When a car is stopped by a police, the driver must stay in the car and keep both hands visible - on the steering wheel. Then they can open the window and hand over their driver's license and documents to the police.

If a driver curses or swears towards a policeman or doesn't obey commands, he again can be fined. If he escapes the crime scene - his or her license can be confiscated.

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After the Dnipro police officers murder, the Interior Ministry is very convinsing that these changes are obviously necessary. And they must make the work of police easier.

A person who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and stopped by the police, for example, at night, can be examined without attestors using a police service camera.

For minor law violations, a person can be detained for up to 3 hours now. The draft provides for 24 hours until the court decides.

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In general, the new document gives more rights to police officers, however, as lawmakers say, the responsibilities of police will also be higher. Officers must be punished for unprofessionalism while performing their duties. For example, in case of use of excessive force in self-defence while arresting a criminal.

All the suggestions are preliminary and will be further discussed to reach a common public consensus.

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