Police commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino hailed the launch of the urban policing model during a speech on Monday.
Under the plan, municipal inspectors with special
training receive certain police rights, and go on joint patrols with
officers, thereby increasing the police's presence.
"This step, which we are launching today, is aimed at adding a new
dimension to the Israel Police's activities. This is not just another
conservative law enforcement action... but a wider concept of policing,"
"It is based on the connection between police and the community as partners," he added.
will also be an opportunity for the police to get to know the social
problems of every community, to map out criminal activity, and to deal
with this through prevention, rehabilitation, and educational
cooperation," Danino said.
The urban policing model comes after the previous
police commissioner, Insp. Gen. (ret.) David Cohen, adamantly rejected
calls to decentralize the national force in order to create separate
municipal police departments that would have been under the control of