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A ministerial committee approved the establishment of an urban community policing network on Tuesday.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who pushed for the plan to be approved, said the network would be aimed at drastically bringing down violent street crime.
The municipal policing forces would be comprised wholly of serving police officers, who would operate under the command of the Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem and coordinate their activities with local council heads.
A number of municipal inspectors will be granted expanded powers and drafted into the police after undergoing training. The inspectors will have the authority to detain suspects for up to three hours and bring them to police stations for questioning.
Aharonovitch said only a national municipal policing force could operate in Israel.
He has rejected plans in the past to create local police departments under the command of mayors
“In little Israel, we can’t have 200 police departments,” he said.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, “the decision
is the result of a joint initiative by Prime Minister [Binyamin]
Netanyahu, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz and is designed to considerably reduce the
levels of violence and crime. Special emphasis will be given to
quality-of-life offenses in order to increase urban residents’ personal
security.” In the first phase of the program, pilot projects will be
launched in approximately 14 regional councils.
will be assisted by advanced technology, including municipal
switchboards and a network of cameras and sensors, which will assist
inspectors and aid in preventing violence, crime, vandalism and
These inspectors will concentrate on noise
disturbances, planning and construction offenses, etc.,” the statement
Netanyahu said on Tuesday that “this decision is an
important step and a breakthrough in the government’s commitment to
increase every Israeli’s personal sense of security. I believe that the
integrated model will help improve citizens’ quality of life and will
create a higher level of community security.” He added that “the
government has declared the struggle against violence as a main goal and
will continue to act so that Israelis enjoy personal security.”
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