(PHOTOS + VIDEO) Transcarpathian police hold unprecedented anti-protest drills


May 21, 2016 – 

Semen Doroshenko, PolitNavigator – 

Translated by J. Arnoldski

The Transcarpathian police held large-scale tactical and specialized drills on crowd and riot control including nearly five hundred police officers. This was reported by the press-service of the Transcarpathian police. 

As reported by the police, all units of the National Police from all regions of the Transcarpathian region simulated the most realistic scenarios for liquidating mass protests at the “Shipka” polygon in Mukachevo. Law-enforcement personal were joined by bomb experts, cynologists, and the National Guard of Ukraine as well as patrol police. During the exercise, the men in uniform put out real fires on collision lines, blew up pyrotechnics, shot, and practiced tactics for detaining offenders in a crowd and seizing civilian transport on the scene of riots. 

“One of the most exciting tasks was extinguishing a fire on the collision line, since firefighters worked in combat conditions. Pyrotechnics mimicking the explosions of grenades were used on site and everyone managed to cope with the difficult tasks,” the report remarked.

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The acting chief of police of the Transcarpathian region, Colonel Stepan Dovgun, said that this is the first time that such drills have been held for the National Police. It was held for testing coherence of action, and was the first such event in which the patrol police participated. 

“Given that we held such exercises for the first time, it is safe to say that we are satisfied with the results. Law-enforcement officers were taught to act in difficult situations in the framework of existing legislation. In the future, such drills will be held as necessary,” the head of the Transcarpathian region police reported.

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