13:57 May. 12, 2016
Police reform reaches another Ukrainian city
Sumy, a city in north-eastern Ukraine, now has 251 new patrol police officers. The new Western-style police officers took an oath of allegiance on May 11.
According to Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, just 270 people were selected out of 4100 applications. 251 of them managed to complete the intensive training course.
77% of the new Sumy police officers have higher education and 27.5% are women. 35 policemen have previously fought for the military in eastern Ukraine against Russian-backed separatist forces.
New patrol police launched in Sumy (Photo by Arsen Avakov/Facebook)
The latest recruits have big expectations to live up to. With the reboot of the police officials promise an end to the corruption which plagued the old Soviet-style system. The reform is one of the most visible undertaken in Ukraine since the country's Euromaidan revolution two years ago.
Sumy is the 25th Ukrainian city where the initiative has been launched.