Complaints by nat'l service police personnel down

July 23, 2007 09:59

The number of complaints filed by people serving their compulsory national service in the police force has declined drastically since three years ago, according to a lengthy report submitted to the Knesset Interior Committee by the Israel Police and Israel Prisons Service personnel ombudsman, covering the period between 2004 and 2006. Whereas in 2004, a full 23% of complaints were submitted by compulsory service personnel, the percentage dropped to mere 6% by 2006. The majority of complaints in both the IPS and the police were about salary and payments, with an annual average of 27.5% of complaints on the subject. The second most common category of complaints was commander-subordinate relationships. The delicate nature of that field was evident in the fact that according to the report, 85% of those issuing complaints were not officers. The report did note, however, that the subjects of these complaints included lieutenants and assistant-commanders. One complaint was even submitted against the police commissioner, but the complaint referred to a period before he became commissioner, when he held rank of commander.

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