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15 january 2018

The fourth issue of Ukrainian Law Enforcement Reform Digest (November-December)

The fourth issue of Ukrainian Law Enforcement Reform Digest is the result of the common project of NGO "Association UMDPL" and Centre of Policy and Legal Reform with the financial support of European Union.

Digest is dedicated to the process of reform of law enforcement authorities in Ukraine, first of all – police, prosecution authorities, State Bureau of Investigation and criminal justice legislation. It is aimed at informing civil society, expert community and international institutions on progress made in reforms, institutional problems and other changes in spheres mentioned above.

Briefly №4:

I. National Police

- Parliament failed to support Disciplinary Statute of the National Police and was sent for the repeat second reading;

- Cabinet of Ministers clarified the Procedure for using special means by servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine;

- National Police reorganized the system of receiving calls to the unified 102 Line. Until now they will receive all calls in a single center in region instead of a separate duty unit as before;

- Patrol Police replace subordination to the head of the Main Department of Police in the region instead of vertical subordination to Kiev.

II. Prosecutor`s Office

- Parliament canceled requirement to decrease the number of prosecutors to 10, 000;

- Prosecution lost powers to carry out pre-trial investigation of crimes, although it will actually investigate cases through the procedural executives until the full launch of the SBI.

III. State Bureau Of Investigation (SBI)

- Roman Truba was appointed as SBI Director, Olga Varchenko - the first deputy, and Alexander Buryak as deputy director of the department.

- Government approved SBI structure;

- Strategic Program of SBI Activities for the next five years presented;

- Draft law on improving certain legislative provisions on SBI activities registered. The objective of the draft law is to eliminate collisions with the norms of effective legislative documents in this sphere.

IV. Criminal Justice Legislation

- Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized CPC provisions on automatic prolongation of detention of individuals as unconstitutional.

- Parliament approved law on protection of businesses, which received the name of the law against mask shows or the law on protection of business;

- Draft laws on misdemeanors registered in Parliament. 

Download the fourth issue of Ukrainian Law Enforcement Reform Digest (eng, pdf)