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Saturday, 16 June 2012

New image of Armenia police? All is good BUT...

For now, it's a small unit based in central Yerevan only, aimed mainly at foreigners. They know foreign languages, they wear new uniform, they are able to provide first aid...

All this points towards the right direction but...

1. They should learn to be less intrusive, to avoid bothering people by asking if they need help. I do not think a foreigner enjoying evening with friends in downtown Yerevan would appreciate uninvited attention by police, however civilised, polite and smiley they may be. They (police) should be out there to provide assistance IF needed.

2. This is by far more serious point. If you aim to provide first aid, and if you put your blood group type on your uniform (which is GOOD!), make sure you indicate it right. Have a look at 4:33 - 4:34 minutes of the video. Thanks to a friend who pointed this out, blood group "O" is equivalent to "I" not "II" as wrongly indicated on the uniform.

2 comments:

artmika said...

On another uniform (2:38), it was indicated as "O (III)". What is going on with the "O"s? Even if this is some kind of 'design' thing, it is way too confusing and dangerous, as related to blood group type.

Adrineh said...

On further inspection, I don't think the "O" on the badge denotes blood type, as it seems all the uniforms had the "O" on them. Most likely, blood type is determined by the "(II) Rh" following the O — but I agree with you, Mika jan, in that case, the "O" is confusing.

I also found it funny that apparently, the officers with the new uniforms are more courteous (բարեկիրթ, բարեհամբույր) than other officers. What does that mean? A new uniform = a new attitude? Somehow, I'm not sold...