EU Advisory Mission hands over patrol bikes to Odesa Tourist Police ahead of summer visitor surge

EU Advisory Mission hands over patrol bikes to Odesa Tourist Police ahead of summer visitor surge

EU Advisory Mission hands over patrol bikes to Odesa Tourist Police ahead of summer visitor surge

The FINANCIAL -- On 26 June, in order to support the recently launched Tourist Police in the city of Odesa, south of Ukraine, the EU’s Advisory Mission (EUAM) handed over bicycles and bicycle patrol equipment worth around €12,000 at a ceremony in one of the city’s busiest tourism spots, Arcadia.

With the peak tourist season just around the corner and thousands of people expected in Odesa for their summer holidays, there will be extra demands placed on the Odesa police. The donation is part of EUAM’s ongoing assistance to the National Police of Ukraine in the implementation of the community policing approach as one of the best European police practices.

10 bicycle patrols, fully equipped by EUAM, will now be able to conduct shifts along the coastline of Odesa city and Zatoka settlement in the neighbouring municipality. These resort areas are traditionally crowded with tourists, and the new equipment will make it easier for police to reach out to citizens there.

The Tourist Police was launched in Odesa on 1 June, with Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs also now considering plans to implement a ‘Concept of Tourist Police’ nationwide.