National Police Day in Ukraine Date in the current year: August 4, 2016

National Police Day in Ukraine National Police Day in Ukraine is celebrated on August 4 every year. This professional holiday commemorates the official creation of the National Police of Ukraine in summer 2015.

The first law enforcement agency in independent Ukraine was known as the militsiya (militia), it was under direct control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Ukrainian Militsiya Day was celebrated on December 20 to commemorate the creation of the militsiya in 1990.

Ukrainian militsiya was widely seen as corrupt. Various governments and parties offered plans to reform the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but these plans were never realized until the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, all parties acknowledged the need for reform.

As part of the reforms, a new national police service was created to replace the militsiya. On July 4, 2015, the new patrol police was launched in Ukraine's capital Kiev. A month later, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law “On National Police of Ukraine” that came into force on September 2, 2015.

On December 9, 2015, Petro Poroshenko abolished Militsiya Day and replaced it with National Police Day. The holiday is celebrated on August 4 to commemorate the signing of the law “On National Police of Ukraine” on that day in 2015. The holiday aims to honor the role of the National Police in protecting human rights and freedoms, combating crime and maintaining public order and security.

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