Ukrainian police officials have been in Regina learning police training techniques.
The Ukrainian officials are getting hands-on training from both the RCMP and Regina Police Service to see how police in Canada do their jobs.
It is part of a $6.5 Million investment made by the Government of Canada into a program to develop a stronger national police service in Ukraine.
Alex Biloshytskiy is the First Deputy Chief of Patrol Police in Ukraine. He says a recent ride along with Regina Police service left him impressed.
“Impressively quiet, we didn’t see that much violence or crime out in the streets, ” Biloshytskiy says. “But the level of policing and the professionalism which the local patrol does their job is impressive.”
Biloshytskiy also says coming over to Canada for training helps officials understand what exactly they need to do to train new officers.
“You can be told something ten times, but it is important to see it one time with your own eyes to get a full understanding.”
The Police Training Assistance Program began last year, and continues until 2019. Ukrainian officials will also travel to Ottawa before returning home.