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Четвер, 06 травня 2021 15:50

EUAM experts held a webinar on police communication skills

LvSUIA cadets continue to improve their communication skills. And they are assisted in this by advisers-trainers of the European Union Advisory Mission Jan DANСO and Felix GAUTSCH.

International experts held a webinar for students on verbal judo techniques. They explained how to reduce tensions in conflict situations and what skills will be useful to the police.

“First of all, you have to treat people with respect,” said Jan DANCO. “After all, when people feel that you respect them, they show confidence in you. And this increases the efficiency of communication”.

The expert noted that you should always ask and explain. “Imagine that you are enclosing the scene with a special tape. And so that passers-by who are nearby don’t go beyond the perimeter, you must explain why this should not be done. I suggest using the following sentence: “Please do not come closer, because you can damage the traces or evidence left at the scene, and this will complicate or make it impossible to investigate the case”, said Jan DANСO.

The EUAM representative noted that a person should always be given a choice. “If you give an ultimatum or try to drive it into a corner, the person begins to ignore your instructions. It is important to listen to what you are told. When a person has a problem and you are genuinely concerned about his/her situation, he/she understands that you are not indifferent to his/her problems, so he/she opens up to you”, Jan DANCO said.

He advised the cadets to always remain professionals. “You represent the state. When you work on the streets, you are dressed in uniform, so you are easy to identify. Since everyone today has a smartphone, any of your actions can be recorded on video. So don't give anyone a reason to complain about you. Don’t personally take any verbal attacks in your direction. Always stay calm”, the speaker stressed.

His colleague, Felix GAUTSCH, told how to communicate in such cases. “It is important to acknowledge that something has happened to the person and offer help. This is also one of the effective ways to reduce the level of stress,” said the coach-advisor.

He also added that you shouldn’t tell a person that you understand him/her and ask to calm down. This can have the opposite effect.

“If you will improve these skills, you will know how to communicate in conflict situations and will be able to perform your professional duties better,” said Felix GAUTSCH.

Who are the whistleblowers and how do they help in the fight against corruption – comprehensive answers to these questions were given to the webinar participants from the Lviv Field Office of the EU Advisory Mission. The training also addressed conflicts of interest, ethics and corruption risks during the pandemic.

The event lasted for two days, and international experts on anti-corruption activities were its speakers.

About a hundred participants joined the training, including representatives of the National Police, Prosecutor's Office, Regional State Administration and Lviv State University of Internal Affairs.

Before the webinar, Hannelore VALIER, Head of the EUAM Field Office Lviv, addressed the audience. She noted that the fight against corruption isn’t an easy task.

“This seminar will provide you with knowledge and practical advice from anti-corruption experts, as well as will help to create a support group where you can share experiences. I hope the knowledge gained will be useful, you will learn many things that you can implement in your daily activities and share your experiences with your colleaguessaid Hannelore VALIER.

Moderators of the event were Marek DZIERZEGA, Senior Adviser on General Law Enforcement Activities of the EUAM Lviv Office, and his colleague, Maryna POSMITNA, Expert on Public Finance Reform.

The training was conducted by Polish specialists Krzysztof KRAK and Maciej VNUK, well-known anti-corruption specialists.

In general, the webinar addressed several extremely important topics. On the first day of the event, speakers spoke about who these whistleblowers are and why they’re called law enforcement guards. In addition, they shared their experience in implementing the institute of whistleblowers in Poland.

The next day, Maciej VNUK gave a thorough presentation on ethics and conflict of interest. During his speech, he offered the participants various situational tasks and immediately advised how to act in certain contradictory situations.

The training was focused on the role of the manager as an ethical leader and on corruption risks during a pandemic. They also discussed the ethics of civil servants on the Internet and drew attention to the challenges that we can all face during the hybrid war.

The participants actively shared their thoughts and personal experiences on the proposed topics, and at the end of the meeting passed a final survey about the impressions of the training.

Tamara VOITENKO was 48 years old when the fourth power unit at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant exploded and the world was shaken by an unprecedented catastrophe. She worked in the medical unit of the Lviv Police School, was raising two children, a son and a daughter, and didn’t even suspect that the Chornobyl tragedy would radically change her life.

Now Tamara Mikhailovna is 82 years old. Despite her respectable age, she doesn’t lose optimism and enjoys to share stories about her past.

When the reactor caught fire, we all understood trouble. Although, probably, no one was fully aware of the scale of what happened. Now we know: radiation is a silent killer”. And then there was almost no information, we didn't understand how to act, what to do, "Tamara Mykhailivna recalls.

In January, 1988, more than a year and a half after the tragedy, officers and cadets of the Lviv Police School were sent to the exclusion zone. Nurse Tamara VOITENKO went with them.

After the accident at the nuclear power plant, people left their homes in a hurry, having time to take with them only the most necessary things. Shops, cafes, institutions were empty… Everything where life was raging a few days ago resembled a ruin. Soon, looters began to gather in Pripyat and surrounding villages. The things left behind became easy plunder for them. Even the fact that the level of radiation around was outrageous didn’t stop them. The only ones who could repel the robbers were police patrols patrolling the exclusion zone.

Officers and cadets of the Lviv Police School also joined the fight against looting. And although more than a year has passed since the explosion at the nuclear power plant, the number of people willing to make money on somebodies trouble has not decreased.

Our guys were on duty at the posts, went around the streets, detained looters… There was a lot of work. Some went on patrol, others returned. And almost everyone needed my help, ” Tamara VOITENKO recalls.

The nurse had to take care of the health of more than two hundred people. And, if at first everyone felt energetic and energetic, then a few days later there were alarm bells signaling a serious radiation injury.

Hearing problems started, and then almost everyone had nosebleeds, which were very difficult to stop. Some were bothered by a rash on the body, some didnt have low blood pressure. I had to work continuously to take care of everyone, says Tamara Mykhailivna.

Lviv cadets and officers patrolled the exclusion zone for more than a month, and when they returned home, they realized that Chornobyl would forever remain in their lives and memories.

We didn’t go there for fame, awards, payments or benefits. There wasn’t even a thought about that, Tamara Voitenko emphasizes. We understood that it was our duty to deal with the consequences of this terrible tragedy.

Lviv State University of Internal Affairs hosted a webinar on “Citizens' Advisory Groups”. Event was part of a series of online classes from representatives of the European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine for university cadets. Marek DZIERDZEGA, EUAM Adviser-Coach, told cadets about the improvement of relations between the police and community through the creation of specialized groups.

He noted that cooperation between the police and community is an effective tool for solving social problems. The practice of cooperation between people and law enforcement is widely used in Western countries and this approach allows to find solutions to many local problems. One way to implement this practice is to create the advisory group of citizens, functioning of which helps to improve communication, exchange information, build trust and improve the quality of life.

“Such group should include people who represent the interests of the community: high-ranking officials, representatives of civil society and local business, police leadership, religious leaders. Their meetings will contribute to the effective solution of many problems,” Marek DZIERDZEGA stressed.

The EUAM representative gave the cadets advice on the functioning of advisory groups and told about the peculiarities of working with citizens. At the end of the webinar, Marek DZIERDZEGA answered the cadets' questions and expressed hope that acquired knowledge would be useful in their professional activities.

Student of the Institute of Management, Psychology and Security Justyna OLEKSYN won the third place at the All-Ukrainian competition of student research papers in the fields of knowledge and specialties of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The girl became the winner in the category “General and Social Psychology”.

Total of 28 promising young scientists joined an online event. Final conference of the second round of the competition took place on April 15-16, at which applicants for higher education presented their scientific works. Particularly, student of Lviv State University of Internal Affairs presented a study on “Peculiarities of existential fears of COVID among patients of psychiatric hospitals”.

Вівторок, 20 квітня 2021 16:16

LvSUIA joined the NATO Day

Information event NATO Day was held for HEIs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Oleh SHINKARUK, Vice-Rector of Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, Oleksandra ZAKHAROVA, Head of the Department of Actualization of Education and Practical Training, and Vasyl FRANCHUK, Head of the Department of International Educational Activities, joined the discussion on this extremely important topic. Cadets of faculties that train specialists for the units of the National Police, as well as applicants for the educational degree Master of LvSUIA Faculty №1 became active participants of the event.

Event was held remotely on the online platform ZOOM, and its speakers were representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. NATO International Secretariat officials also joined the meeting.

Online event was organized to inform young people about the implementation of state policy in the field of Euro-Atlantic integration, to raise awareness of applicants for the activities and development of the North Atlantic Alliance, to understand the areas of Ukraine-NATO security cooperation.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Tetyana KOVALCHUK greeted the participants of the event. “Today, no one doubts that progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration is definitely our priority. We understand that this is not as far-reaching as it once seemed to be. We are very close to the democratic transformations required for future accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. Recent years have fundamentally changed the level of our relationship with NATO. First of all, changes have taken place in our perception of this organization. And today the trust in the Alliance and its structures is on the high level” Tetyana KOVALCHUK said.

Addressing the youth, she stressed that Ukraine and NATO have a common vision, a paradigm of aspirations and expectations. This is clearly illustrated by the Euro-Atlantic values ​​that are close to us the desire for democratic development, the rule of law, dignity and the introduction of a human-centered approach.

“Last year, Ukraine received the status of NATO's partner in enhanced capabilities, joined the development of the Strategic Vision of the North Atlantic Alliance until 2030. We continue to participate in exercises with NATO member states and we have the opportunity to gain the best practices and experience that we will need in our daily activities” said the Deputy Minister.

She stressed that one of the most important achievements of such a partnership for our citizens is guaranteed security. “This is a very high level of protection against external challenges and threats”. And noted that the path of transformation to the North Atlantic Alliance involves democratic change within our country. It is, first of all, about integrity, professional development, implementation of gender policy, equal rights and opportunities. Such changes include the fight against corruption, the formation of a transparent judicial and tax system, and a police structure according to new standards. “Today we must make every effort to contribute to the development of the architecture of Euro-Atlantic security” said Deputy Minister Tetyana KOVALCHUK.

Vineta KLEINE, Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine, welcomed the participants “Over the next few hours, we will learn a lot of interesting information about the Alliance, its principles, values and priorities. I’m grateful to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for organizing this event. I wish all participants to have a wonderful educational process and encourage them to ask questions and be active”.

NATO Deputy Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Carmen ROMERO also welcomed the participants. “Dear cadets! It’s a great honor for me to address you today. It’s great that the Ministry of Internal Affairs decided to organize a NATO Day and invited us to participate. This is a very good opportunity for you to hear more about the Alliance, its work to ensure international peace and security. Today we will talk about why the partnership with Ukraine is so important for our organization” said the Deputy Secretary General of NATO.

Carmen ROMERO noted that a sovereign and prosperous Ukraine is important for NATO security, that’s why Ukrainians feel such significant support from the organization.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, the Alliance provided you with medical resources, and Ukraine sent us medical staff. That is how solidarity works” she explained.

In addition, she wished the cadets success in their studies and professional growth, because they chose a very respectful profession. “You are defending the values ​​that NATO and Ukraine stands for” said Carmen ROMERO.

Representatives of the NATO International Secretariat Tanya HARTMAN, Head of the Eastern Partnership Unit, and Barbora MARONKOVA from the NATO Partnership Division of the Department of Public Diplomacy also attended the online meeting.

Particularly, Tanya HARTMAN emphasized that “For 72 years we have been the most successful political-military alliance. NATO plays an important role in the security of the Euro-Atlantic area. During this period, the organization has carried out a significant number of activities for the development of many countries. We are successful because we have managed to adapt to the challenges and threats of time”.

She noted that one of NATO's most important tasks is collective defense. 30 member states are working together to create a secure Euro-Atlantic environment.

Inna POTAPOVA, Head of the Expert Group on the Development of Annual National Programs under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine to the CMU Secretariat, also made a report during the online meeting.

Lyudmyla CHUBYNSKA, Head of the European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Directorate of the Directorate for Strategic Planning and European Integration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, spoke about the current state and prospects of Euro-Atlantic integration in the security sphere.

Anastasia MISHKINA, Senior Project Manager of the NATO-Ukraine Professional Development Program, made a presentation. Nadya MILANOVA, representative of the NATO Integrity Program of the NATO International Secretariat, focused on the implementation of training programs in the security and defense sector.

In addition, the meeting focused on strategic communications and the fight against misinformation.

Event was fruitful and interesting. Cadets actively participated in the discussion, asked questions and demonstrated their knowledge during a quiz on NATO.


For more than ten years in a row, Lviv State University of Internal Affairs has become a kind of platform for professional discussions among scholars and practitioners in the field of economic security. Every year, the All-Ukrainian scientific-practical conference on the topicActual problems of strengthening the economic security of the state and economic entities is held on LvSUIA basis. Due to the quarantine restrictions, this time the event was online, but this didn’t prevent the participants from active exchange of views, discussing the proposed topics and sharing interesting cases.

Conference was opened by the Rector of Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, Professor Roman BLAHUTA. Today, not only the scientific community of Lviv, but also the whole of Ukraine takes part in our event. Representatives of local authorities and self-government bodies, higher education institutions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as our fellow scientists who are involved in the training of specialists in the field of economic security from Khmelnytsky, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Dnipro, Cherkasy and Poltava joined the discussion”.

He noted that the issue of ensuring the economic security of the state requires thorough scientific research and implementation of their results in educational activities.

“Economic well-being and security, proper social protection of the population, appropriate regulations, quality training in the fields of economics, management and law – these are the components that need constant attention” summed up Roman BLAHUTA.

In general, the work of the scientific event concerned several areas. Particularly, socio-economic component of national security, organizational and managerial problems, ensuring the effective use of resource potential at the level of the country, region and enterprise. Participants discussed current issues of business management and protection, information security and management of non-profit enterprises.

Event was moderated by LvSUIA Vice-Rector, Professor Olha BALYNSKA and the Deputy Head of LvSUIA Institute of Management, Psychology and Security, Professor Zoryana KISIL.

Economic nationalism as a prerequisite for overcoming structural divergence, existential multifaceted threats to economic security, as well as modern security knowledge in formation of a professional manager were among the topics discussed by the participants. In addition, they discussed social and gender security, external labor migration, features of the organization of the fight against financial fraud in Ukraine, controlling in the system of local self-government, shadowing of local budgets and more. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on leadership in business organizations were also discussed. The issues of information security of the communication process at the enterprise were also touched upon.

The result of the scientific event was an appropriate resolution, which included the recommendations of scientists and practitioners to protect society from economic, political, social and other threats.

Khrystyna BEREZHANSKA, cadet of LvSUIA Faculty №3 is convinced that any changes have to start with yourself. Few years ago, the girl decided to get rid of habits that harm nature and make her life more environmentally friendly. He says that at first it wasn’t easy to abandon plastic and turn on a new mode of saving resources.

Such transition must be conscious and gradual. We need to start with simple steps try to consume less water and electricity, take care of the environment, sort garbage, throw batteries in special containers and not destroy nature shares his own experience Khrystyna.

Sviatoslav PROTSYUK, sophomore of the Faculty №3, calls for preserving the beauty and harmony of nature. The guy is from a picturesque area of Ternopil region, the village of Vanzhuliv. “Clear air and forests around. It's so beautiful that it's breathtaking” says the young man. However, even in this ecological paradise there are troubles. After all, not everyone understands that disturbing the balance in nature is extremely easy, but to restore it is much more difficult.

He believes that we should take care of the environment every day, because the future of our planet depends on it.

Sofia OLIYARCHUK, student at the Institute of Management, Psychology and Security, a volunteer and environmental activist, shares this view. The girl advises to take small steps every day to achieve a great goal – to save nature from pollution.

In her native Zolochiv, the girl always joins city cleaning actions and tries to involve as many young people as possible in such initiative. After all, making it together is always more fun and easier to cope with even the hardest work.

It is extremely important to teach children to take care of nature from an early age, to develop their awareness and indifference to this topic, said Karolina GAPCIC, student at LvSUIA Institute of Management, Psychology and Security. The girl has many ideas on how to draw public attention to environmental issues. He says it is necessary to start from school, when the child is just forming useful habits. In addition, much depends on the example of parents and their attitude to the environment.

Karolina was lucky. Her family has always supported environmental trends and taught children to do so. So the girl realized that it is necessary to appreciate nature, to take care of every plant and tree from an early age.

Lviv State University of Internal Affairs hosted a webinar Interpersonal communication skills for police officers. Jan DANKO and Felix GAUCH, advisers-trainers of the European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine, spoke about soft-skills and other important psychological components for the work of law enforcement officer.

The speakers introduced the cadets to the three most important principles of interpersonal communication and explained why such skills are so important for law enforcement today. According to the coaches, the tone and timbre of the policeman's voice is important when communicating with potential offenders. The use of force is an extreme measure, we must always try to resolve the conflict peacefully, emphasized international experts.

At the end of the online meeting, the EUAM trainers answered the cadets' questions and wished them success in their studies. It is worth noting that the event took place with the assistance of LvSUIA Department of Actualization of Education and Practical Training.

Meeting of the Society of Young Scientists of the university took place at Lviv State University of Internal Affairs. Participants communicated online.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Head of the Department of Scientific Work Organization, Candidate of Law Halyna SAVCHYN. She greeted the participants of and said that the contest Best Scientist in the nomination Circle member” is underway at LvSUIA. In particular, she noted that information is being collected and processed to determine the winners.

Nazar RUDYI, Professor of the Department of Theory of Law, Constitutional and Private Law at Faulty 1, spoke on a topical and interesting theme of the report. He spoke about the prospects and problems of European integration of Ukraine.

After that, reports were made by representatives of the Department of Foreign Languages ​​and Culture of Professional Speech at Faulty 2 and the Department of Social Behavioral, Humanitarian Sciences and Economic Security.

Roman Biliy, a 3rd year cadet of the Faculty № 1, presented his work on the topic “Translator's participation in criminal proceedings”. A second-year student of the Institute of Management, Psychology and Security, Romana BANDERYCH made a report on Economic Inequality in Ukraine.

At the end of the online meeting, the Curator of the Society Yulia SHEVTSIV acquainted the audience with information about upcoming competitions and conferences.