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Ukraine – Police Training

  • Poisoned, hanged, beaten and shot cats and dogs
  • Dogs thrown from multi-storey buildings
  • Dogs tied up and left to die
  • Stray cat colonies locked in underground rooms for months

These are all allegations of animal abuse in Ukraine, and is just the tip of the iceberg.

After months of discussions with Kyiv authorities and senior police, we have initiated a training programme in Kyiv that will assist with building a collaborative framework within which animal welfare groups, police, prosecutors and the municipality may address animal cruelty together, reducing victims of animal crime and bringing suspected offenders to justice.

Senior members of the Kyiv Patrol Police department attended the first stage of the training programme earlier in the year, and we are now supporting them to cascade this training to a further 2000 Patrol Officers.  We are also working with local animal welfare NGOs and the Kyiv Municipality to help them understand how best to work with police and provide usable evidence that will assist with prosecutions.

The training mirrors that being applied in other western countries and is being delivered in collaboration with Mark Randell, a retired senior Police Officer and Director of Hidden-in-Sight.

For Ukraine, this is pioneering work.  Animal crime is currently treated as a low priority, and consequently crimes are going unpunished and animals are dying.  This ground-breaking initiative will support police to fight animal crime and, ultimately, bring perpetrators to justice.

Training course content

Patrol Police 

  • Understand types of animal abuse
  • Understand why investigating animal cruelty is important 
  • Understand the link between animal and human abuse
  • Appreciate the specific rules of evidence when responding to a report of animal crime 
  • Improve relationships between animal welfare groups and law enforcement
  • Assist in collaborative working in order to improve public confidence

 The Animal Protection and Welfare Department of the Kyiv Municipality 

  • Understand types of animal abuse
  • Understand why investigating animal cruelty is important 
  • Understand the link between animal and human abuse
  • Appreciate the specific rules of evidence when responding to a report of animal crime 
  • Improve relationships between animal welfare groups and law enforcement
  • Assist in collaborative working in order to improve public confidence

Animal Welfare NGOs

  • Understand law relating to animal abuse
  • Understand police and prosecutor obligations concerning the investigation of animal abuse
  • Understand the link between animal and human abuse
  • Appreciate the rules of evidence to assist with achieving a realistic expectation when reporting a suspected case to the police 
  • To improve relationships between animal welfare groups and law enforcement so that both groups appreciate the requirements of the other
  • To assist in professionally representing animals as their advocates. 
  • To assist in collaborative working in order to improve public confidence and in achieving the aims and objectives of the police and the municipality