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Ukraine’s new female police officers are popular on social media — for the right reasons

Police officers look on prior to an official ceremony in Kiev, on July 4, 2015. The first 2000 patrol police officers, 20 percent of them female, took the oath of service and will be starting their patrols mainly in the Ukrainian capital. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s new government seems to have at least one victory on its hands since it took power over a year ago — a popular new police force in Kiev, where citizens are cramming to take selfies with the officers, 20 percent of whom are female. The new force was sworn into service on July 4, a date that’s notable because a portion of its funding for training came from the United States, which hopes the force will be able to prevent Russian influence in the region. One new officer, Roman Nedilko, 26, told Radio Free Europe, “We want to change something in this country so that people will trust us, that they can approach us and ask for help and we won’t demand a bribe.” Part of that change includes treating male and female officers equally, Officer Nadia Ivanova, 21, says she’s following in her father’s footsteps, unconcerned about gender biases, “Everyone gets along well with one another. If a male colleague was to harass a female officer, I think he would be fired immediately.”

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