Cohen: Organized crime taking heavy blows

New powerful police units like Lahav 433, increased effectiveness of district central units, hoist back organized crime.

March 23, 2011 06:57
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Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen

Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen 311. (photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)


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Organized crime in Israel is on the back foot thanks to new powerful police units like Lahav 433 and the increased effectiveness of district central units, outgoing police chief Insp.-Gen. David Cohen said during an annual conference in the Tel Aviv District.

Referring to the recent arrests of alleged Jaffa underworld kingpin Izat Hamad and several affiliates, Cohen said the investigation would lower crime levels in Tel Aviv and Jaffa in a recognizable way. He added that many underworld bosses, such as Ze’ev Rosenstein, Itzik Bar- Mocha, the Abergils, Shalom Domrani and others were behind bars, striking a blow to organized crime.

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Cohen also referred to the case of former president Moshe Katsav, who was sentenced to seven years for rape on Tuesday, saying former Israel Police Investigations Department head Cmdr. Yoav Seglovitch had handled the investigation with “professionalism and sensitivity, while safeguarding the suspect’s rights and the public’s right to know.”

Responding to comments made during the conference by Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai, who said he would like to have seen the establishment of a municipal police force, Cohen urged police officers to ensure that the force “remains a single, national force 100 years from now.”

Earlier, Huldai had said he hoped a police chief would appear who would support the establishment of a municipal police force.

Outgoing Tel Aviv Police head Cmdr. Shahar Ayalon used the conference to bid farewell to his officers.

During the conference, 2010 figures for the Tel Aviv District were revealed, showing a 50-percent increase in the number of knife-possession cases opened. At the same time, a 41% decrease was noted in the number of vehicle break-ins and thefts.

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