The introduction of a new patrol police was perhaps the most visible of the reforms proposed by the authorities who came to power following Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity. The new officers were young and full of the idealism that permeated the streets of Kyiv during the heady days that led to the ouster of the corrupt and kleptocratic President Viktor Yanukovych.
But over the last three years, many of the revolutionaries who joined this new police force have quietly left after running up against a law enforcement system that has changed little on the inside and facing a bureaucracy staffed by old faces resistant to reform. The exodus threatens to undermine the positive gains of reform efforts as report of corruption reemerge and frustration grows over police misbehavior and a number of high-profile cases that have gone unsolved.
Read more in New Eastern Europe.