Supporting Ukrainian colleagues during crisis
March 25, 2022 By Blue Line Staff
Mar. 22, 2022 – Canada has taken a leadership role in supporting Ukraine to reform its police agencies. In doing so, Canadian civilians along with police officers both serving and retired, have formed strong partnerships and local networks to work directly with Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies since 2015 to develop training programs and provide guidance for the National Police of Ukraine.
Now, this group of Canadian police officers and civilian trainers have come together from coast to coast to coast, launching a grassroots fundraising campaign to help our Ukrainian colleagues impacted by the Russian invasion. A large fundraising event in Ottawa will also assist with bolstering the GoFundMe campaign that has already raised nearly $55,000 of its $100,000 goal.
For the last seven years, police reform has been significant and visible support in the development of Ukraine’s free and democratic society. These reforms have helped transform a mistrusted and archaic institution into an effective Ukrainian police service. Today, Ukraine’s police service works to ensure public safety and protect the human rights of all citizens.
This fund will provide direct humanitarian assistance to support our Ukrainian partners and colleagues who continue to live and work in Ukraine or have become Internally Displaced Persons/Refugees. In addition, we will provide support for ongoing community safety projects in Ukraine (e.g., domestic violence shelters, child protection, etc.).
The Friends of Ukrainian Law Enforcement (FULE) is a grassroots initiative led by more than 130 Canadians who lived and worked in Ukraine in support of police reform training efforts since 2015.
Facebook: Friends of Ukrainian Law Enforcement
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