Citizens of Kiev more comfortable lodging complaints with 500 new female police officers

Photographer Misha Friedman has captured images in Kiev of the ongoing reformation of Ukraine’s police force; a process which has included the addition of 500 female officers to Kiev’s streets. At the end of 2014, Ekaterine Zguladze — daughter-in-law to famed French philosopher André Glucksmann — was chosen to lead the reformation of a Ukraine police force, that had been associated for decades by the country’s citizens with corruption and inefficiency.

Zguladze, who had successfully led police reform before in her native Georgia, was given Ukrainian citizenship, a government title, and a deadline: by July 2015, a new patrol of policemen had to hit the streets, beginning with the capital. From a field of 34,000 applicants, 2,000 were chosen; 500 of them women. After only ten weeks of training the new recruits took over active police duty in the city, and within three days responded to more than 4,000 calls — about twice as many calls as the police force they replaced had addressed the previous week. Friedman attributes the high volume of calls to greater trust in the new police force, as well as increased comfort in the reporting of complaints to women, especially in cases such as domestic violence. With each female officer being paired with male counterparts, approximately half of Kiev’s police patrol teams now contain a woman.

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