Ukrainian police have been visiting schools to teach pupils about road safety, domestic violence, substance abuse, internet safety and bullying. The visits are part of the Police School Officer project, a nationwide initiative supported by the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM).
EUAM supported the Patrol Police of Ukraine with strategic advice, including communications training for 22 police officers in Kharkiv, who have been nominated as ‘Police School Officers’. The Mission has also provided equipment for the project, including 13,000 creatively illustrated educational books with the title ‘1001 turns’, road signs, reflective bracelets and other useful items.
“School children are not just active citizens of the future, but can also influence their parents, by passing on information they have received at school,” said Luciano Scambiato Licciardi, EUAM Strategic Communications Adviser. “Keeping children safe from harm is obviously one of the most important things any public institution does.”
Licciardi described the lessons as lively and fun, with officers using fun facts to inspire children about road safety, such as ‘Did you know that in Ancient Rome, people drove on the left so that cart drivers could hold a sword in their right hand while giving way to another driver from the left?’
The ‘Police School Officer’ project has conducted lessons in Kyiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Odessa. In addition to the important educational function the lessons serve, they also help the police to strengthen links with the community they serve and build public trust.
The EUAM is a non-executive mission of the European Union. It aims to assist the Ukrainian authorities in the sustainable reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and hands-on support for specific reform measures based on EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights.
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