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Minister Dion announces new support for police reform projects in Ukraine
October 1, 2016 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced up to $8.1 million in new funding to support the National Police of Ukraine. This funding for police reform projects is in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s efforts to improve its security and strengthen reform.
Minister Dion made the announcement in Regina while at the Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
The projects, supported by Canada’s new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs), will assist the Ukrainian police’s efforts to become more effective and accountable.
The new funding includes:
- up to $6.6 million over three years in support of a Police Training Assistance Project for Ukraine, including up to $100,000 for monitoring and evaluation activities, to support cadet and leadership training, outreach and public engagement activities, and the development of a police academy; and
- up to $1.5 million toward the Ukraine Police Equipment Project to better equip the National Police of Ukraine, thereby transforming it into a more effective police service.
In addition to PSOPs, Minister Dion also announced $40,000 to go toward adapting paramedic vehicles and equipment for Kyiv, Ukraine, to assist with those suffering from the conflict.
This funding, along with the ongoing deployment of up to 20 Canadian police officers to support and advise their Ukrainian counterparts, demonstrates Canada’s continued commitment to sustainable police reform efforts in Ukraine. Since the onset of the Ukraine crisis in November 2013, Canada has increased its assistance and broadened its support to include security programming and humanitarian assistance.
Canada has committed over $700 million in technical and financial assistance to support Ukraine’s efforts to restore stability, improve security and implement democratic and economic reforms.
“Canada stands strongly with the people of Ukraine. We are working closely with the National Police of Ukraine to transform Ukraine’s police service into an effective, accountable and community-focused institution that embodies public trust. Today’s announcement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to Ukraine and our encouragement of its efforts to counter corruption and secure sustainable reform.”- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- To date, Canadian support to reform the patrol police in Ukraine has included $5 million for the provision of pre-service and leadership training, support for outreach and public engagement and the supply of basic equipment.
- Canada also deploys up to 20 Canadian police officers to Ukraine under the Canadian Police Arrangement, a partnership between Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Deployed Canadian police officers provide strategic advice and support institutional development within the National Police of Ukraine. This helps to consolidate the important gains made from Ukraine’s early police reforms and support the next phases of reform.
- Canada is devoting $450 million over the next three years for PSOPs. PSOPs aims to bring security and stability to fragile and conflict-affected states by supporting peace operations, mediation, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction efforts.
- Ukraine is a country of focus under the PSOPs strategy. PSOPs has begun to identify additional initiatives to support lasting and sustainable solutions to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine by addressing the most immediate conflict drivers including conflict mediation and resolution; mine risk awareness, surveying and clearance; and human rights monitoring and reporting in conflict-affected regions.
- Canada’s response to the situation in Ukraine
- Canada to support peace operations
- The Peace and Stabilization Operations Program
- The Canadian Police Arrangement
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