Female head of police security branch among major round of promotions

The promotions, from commander to deputy chief, were the largest round of appointments since Roni Alsheich was sworn in as National Police commissioner in December.

March 4, 2016 00:00
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Cmdr. Einat Gil Tzubari was confirmed as the head of the police security branch and promoted to deputy chief, as part of more than two dozen appointments approved by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday.

The security branch is responsible for assessing security threats facing police and civilians, the provision of security for high-risk public figures and public agencies, and training Israeli security providers, among other tasks. Gil Tzubari had previously served as the head of the community policing branch of the Israel Police.

A number of the more elite branches of the police also received new commanders on Thursday, including the National Fraud Squad, which is to be headed by Dep.-Ch.Koresh Barnur. Dep.-Ch. Eran Kamin was appointed head of the investigations branch Thursday, and Dep.-Ch. Moti Levy is to run the National Economic Crimes Unit. Dep.- Ch. Yigal Ben-Shalom, who for years lead the Central District’s special investigative unit, is now in charge the Serious and International Crime Unit of the Israel Police.

Dep.-Ch. Haim Blumenfeld was confirmed as the director of the National Police College, while Dep.-Ch. Michael Shifshak was appointed head of the police training branch.

The promotions, from commander to deputy chief, were the largest round of appointments since Roni Alsheich was sworn in as National Police commissioner in December.

Back in January, Erdan approved a number of appointments recommended by Alsheich, the former deputy head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which included several past Shin Bet and IDF commanders, such as a former senior commander in the Shin Bet operations branch.

He also appointed Brig.-Gen.(res.) Tzvi Tesler, the former head of the Home Front Command, to run the police planning branch.

In addition, early last month, police announced the appointment of a new national police spokeswoman, Mairav Lapidot, who previously served as the spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry.

Other promotions announced on Thursday include Judea and Samaria District chief of the Border Police, Dep.-Ch. Uzi Levy, who is to serve as the deputy head of the Border Police. He is to be replaced by Dep.-Ch.Yizhar Peled, the former head of the Borer Police’s Jerusalem branch. Dep.-Ch. Yitzhak Saban, previously in charge of the Central District of the Border Police is replacing Peled in Jerusalem, where for the past several months the Border Police have formed the backbone of security efforts to stop a wave of lone wolf terrorist attacks.

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