Lawyer Nader Safari (second from right), Assistant Chief Gila Gaziel (third from right), and Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi (third from right) meet at National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Police met with a representative of the Christian community in Israel on Tuesday to discuss enlisting more Christian recruits into the Israeli police force.
The meeting at National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem was held between attorney Nader Safari, a leader of the Christian community, and the head of the police’s manpower division, Asst.- Ch. Gila Gaziel. Both sides agreed to hold more meetings and develop a framework for police to visit schools in Christian communities to promote careers in the force.
There are currently 423 Christian police officers in Israel and 66 Christians doing their national service with the police and Border Police.
Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi, who initiated the meeting, praised it as a step in diversifying police ranks.
“I see great importance in recruiting members of the Christian community,” he said in a statement. “This is another layer of full integration into Israeli society, and I thank the Israel Police for their cooperation, and I am pleased with this step.”
In December, the police reached their goal of 2,000 recruits in 2016. The yearlong recruitment drive was part of a larger effort to increase policing in Jerusalem and Arab communities and to change the largely negative view of police among the public.
The 2016 recruitment drive was part of an effort to recruit Muslim officers, which was successful in increasing their presence in the police force from 2% to 4%.