The first female bomb squad officer joined the police on Monday evening after successfully completing a grueling 10-month-long training course.

The officer, Inbal Gawai, took part in the graduation ceremony at the police academy in Bet Shemesh.

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“Gawai will serve in Givataim under the central district command. We hope she will be the first of many who will join elite units,” police spokesman Supt. Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Every police district has its own specialized bomb squad officers who carry out daily patrols and respond to developing incidents.

The police’s head of Operations Division, Cmdr. Nissim Mor, is an experienced bomb squad officer.

Thirteen other cadets successfully completed the course, which included several examinations on how to identify and neutralize various forms of deadly explosive devices.

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