National Police of Ukraine delegation touring Canada for policing insight
The Police Training Assistance Project (PTAP) is hosting a small delegation of senior Ukraine police and government officials this week who will visit counterparts in Regina, Toronto and Ottawa to learn firsthand how Canadian police services train and develop personnel to meet the increasingly complex challenges facing policing today.
The Ukrainian delegation is led by Sergii Kniaziev, Chief of the National Police of Ukraine (NPU), and Oleksii Takhtai, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Their week began in Regina where, among other things, they visited the RCMP Training Academy. The Ukrainian delegation will also meet with provincial authorities and police leaders in Saskatchewan and Ontario to learn about “shifts in approaches to reducing crime and improving community safety, and the corresponding implications for police training and education.”
The working visit to Canada will provide “valuable insights as Ukraine continues to build community policing capacity and begins work on establishing its own national police academy,” said Agriteam Canada, the organization implementing PTAP in Ukraine.
The session will close with the delegation’s participation at the Canadian Police Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sept. 24.
Agriteam Canada is implementing PTAP through funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP). The project “provides advisory services and training to help strengthen the newly established Patrol Police and the National Police of Ukraine, integrate gender equality measures and the establishment of a professional development system that will promote merit-based professional development of a national police service.”
Under the Canadian Police Arrangement framework, Canada has also deployed a number of serving police officers, under the auspices of the RCMP, to support professional training and community policing efforts in Ukraine.