Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
The notoriously low pay offered to rank and file police officers should be
increased immediately, the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee
said on Monday.
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At present, starting police officers cannot hope to pass
the NIS 5,000 a month mark until he or she rises through five ranks, to become
Committee chairman MK Amnon Cohen (Shas) said the Finance
Ministry within two weeks must increase the minimum police wage to NIS 7,000 a
“It is unfeasible for Israel’s police officers to receive a
disgraceful salary. This harms the police’s ability to recruit new officers. A
salary of NIS 5,000 for a position that has 47.5 [weekly] hours is a low salary
by all accounts,” Cohen said.
Cohen said a bill proposal by the
committee’s former chairman, MK David Azoulay (Shas), which called for an
increase in salary, should be advanced to the stage of a draft bill if the
government failed to address the issue.
He added that his committee would
serve as “the worker’s committee of the police force to ensure a change in the
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch addressed the
committee, blasting the low police pay.
The minister said he had not yet
succeeded in “bursting the Finance Ministry’s dam,” and criticized the
government for failing to act.
Committee member MK Arieh Bibi (Kadima)
added that a police officer’s spouse also had to be employed if “they had a
chance to survive financially.”
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) warned that
an embittered police officer “won’t necessarily be good for members of the