Seeking to send a powerful message in the shadow of a wave of violent crime,
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino will join a patrol in south Tel Aviv on
Friday night – one of the busiest policing nights of the week.
follows two alleged incidents of rape and sexual assault of young women in south
Tel Aviv by African migrants.
“He will join a regular patrol to observe
how violence is prevented and responded to,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
Danino will closely monitor patrols of the area when many bars and
clubs will be filled with young people.
“He wants to ensure that his
instructions are being applied,” Rosenfeld added, referring to a directive
Danino sent to all police districts this week ordering increased deployment on
This usually happens when the summer school vacation begins in
June, but Danino ordered the plan to be applied sooner to give the public a
better sense of security.
The new configuration involves each station
drawing up a local map where police visibility is most needed. Volunteers will
back up the patrols in entertainment districts.
The aim is to “decrease
violence, drug offenses, offenses which harm the quality of life, alcohol
consumption, the selling of alcohol [by stores illegally after 11 p.m.], and
drink driving,” police said this week.
Uniformed and undercover officers
will take part in the beefed-up street presence.