It is now two years since I first encountered the Ukrainian Police Service. After replying to an appeal for help in providing English teaching resources I flew to Ukraine in 1996.
My first visit to this very welcoming country left me with many memories and, most important of all, lasting friendships. In 1997 I was pleased to be able to host a visit to Britain made by Ms. Afendikova and Sub-Colonel Korobkin of the Donetsk Police College. I hope that this visit provided some insight into how the police are trained in Great Britain.
Ms. Afendikova shares my hope that the exchange of views and information we have started can continue. For myself, I would like to see more students from Ukraine coming to England to study our cul-ture and legal systems. On a return visit to Donetsk in 1998 I learnt even more about the character and culture of Ukraine. The exchange of such information is crucial if we are to understand each other to the full.
This book is therefore extremely important in continuing and improving upon such contacts. It provides an inside knowledge of British culture and the legal system as it operates today in Britain.
The information upon which Ms. Afendikova bases her chapters is completely up to date with regard to the police service and has been checked for correctness by me. I am a serving Detective with the Metropolitan Police and have nineteen years police service.
I hope that by reading this book many students and citizens of Ukraine will be tempted to find out more about Britain and its legal systems. In that way the friendship between the lovely people of Ukraine and the people of Britain will be cemented.