Monday 14 November 2016

The British Council in Ukraine, the US Embassy in Kyiv and the non-governmental organisation Capital English are launching a one-year English for Police Project, which will equip 600 patrol police working in the central districts of Kyiv with relevant English language communication skills. 

The project will run from October 2016 to the summer of 2017 and represents an important component of the current Year of English initiative decreed by President Poroshenko last year. Its ultimate purpose is to ensure that patrol police officers can provide more effective and welcoming support for foreign visitors to Kyiv, enhancing the capital’s reputation as an accessible and safe tourist and business destination. 

"The Kyiv patrol police have a vital role to play in transforming international visitors' perceptions of Ukraine. I'm delighted that the UK and US Governments are working together on this project to bring the best of our shared language to support the development of widespread English language skills in Ukraine." commented the British Ambassador to Ukraine, Ms Judith Gough.

The project is especially important and timely given Kyiv will host the next Eurovision Song Contest in May 2017, requiring friendly, efficient and supportive security measures for the many thousands of foreign visitors expected to attend this prestigious event.     

The U.S. Embassy enthusiastically supports this initiative which will help to strengthen contact between the new police and English speaking visitors to Ukraine. “We are proud to support this collaborative initiative which will help to strengthen New Police as a modern and effective force.” commented Ambassador of the United States of America Yovanovitch. 

More than 5,000 hours of direct English language teaching will be provided to the 600 participating police officers by the British Council’s qualified and highly-experienced teachers, using materials drawn from the British Council’s and US Government’s extensive work with teaching English to law enforcement officials around the world. The aim of the project is for participants to substantially improve their English language proficiency and be much more confident and fluent users of English in the line of duty. 

The Mayor of Kyiv noted “Equipping our new police with English is just one more step to reform our officers to a world standard. It makes our city safer not only for residents but tourists, investors and everyone who visits Kyiv.” 

This project is being co-funded by the British Council and the US Embassy in Kyiv, with coordination and communications support provided by Capital English. The project’s partners on the Ukrainian side are National Police of Ukraine and Kyiv City State Administration.  

“This project will enhance the communication level of patrol officers. Multilingual trainings like this one make it possible to properly convey to every citizen and foreigner our laws and regulations. This is an extremely important part of patrol police duties.” stated Kostiantyn Bushuev, Deputy Chief of Police of Ukraine.

The launch of the project and the start of English classes will be marked with an official opening ceremony on 22 November 2016 attended by the British and US Ambassadors to Ukraine, the Chief of Ukraine National Police and the Mayor of Kyiv.   

We are happy to invite representatives of mass media to this event. Please note that advanced accreditation is required. Please follow the link to register goo.gl/ozZ698

For enquiries please contact Valentina Urtan at 093 986 89 27 or urtanv@gmail.com.

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