Bar-Lev not invited to police Rosh Hashana toast

The Jerusalem Post learns police force feud still going strong as high ranking officer excluded from extensive list of commanders.

September 24, 2008 19:08
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Bar-Lev not invited to police Rosh Hashana toast

Bar-Lev 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Signaling that a recent feud within the country's police force is still going strong, The Jerusalem Post has learned that a high ranking officer at the middle of the ongoing dispute was not invited to a Rosh Hashanah toast honoring a rather extensive list of police commanders and representatives that spans the ranks and generations of the force. Uri Bar-Lev, the Southern District Police Commander who was put on a 30-day leave of absence after his refusal to take a two-year study leave at the beginning of the month, will not be in attendance Thursday, as the country's top cops gather at an undisclosed police facility to wish each other a happy new year. Bar-Lev made headlines earlier in the month when he refused Police Chief David Cohen's order to take two years off for additional studies. The 49-year-old Southern District Commander has two degrees - one in political science and another in engineering - and has said that a return to the university would be a waste of taxpayers' money, and that he preferred to stay in the field where he has merited monumental gains. The crime rate in Bar-Lev's district has dropped 50 percent since he took control of the Southern Command in 2005. Although Cohen and Bar-Lev's relationship has often been strained, the current feud was sparked by a reshuffling by Cohen of police brass that is expected to go into effect in May or June. The shake-up has been marked by Cohen's desire to help out old friends such as Cmdr. Shai Amihai, head of the police's Human Resources Division, a police source said earlier this month.

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