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    US Will Pay Salaries to Saakashvili Team

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    The US government will be paying salaries to members of the regional administration in Odessa, and California policemen will be training the Ukrainian region’s new police force, Governor Saakashvili announced Monday.

    “[During a meeting with US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt] we agreed that California cops will be training our new police force. Also, as part of our current anti-corruption campaign, the US government agreed to provide funds for salaries to the new Saakashvili team,” Georgian President-turned-Odessa-Governor Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.

    Сегодня Глава Одесской ОГА Михаил Саакашвили провел встречу с Послом США Джеффри Пайеттом. Договорились, что американски…

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    The Ukrainian police are being radically revamped as part of an ongoing reform of the country’s law enforcement system.

    Plans are apace to set up a national Patrol Police of new recruits to gradually phase out the country’s notoriously corrupt “militia” and road police. 

    Patrol Police units first appeared in Kiev with similar units slated also for Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Odessa and other big cities.

    The authorities promise that once launched, the current reform will give Ukraine a well-paid, European-quality police force.

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