Jerusalem police chief Nisso Shaham 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Jerusalem police chief Asst.-Ch. Nisso Shaham, who was accused of
sexually harassing a number of policewomen, on Thursday agreed to resign
following a request from Insp.- Gen. Yohanan Danino.
Shaham went on
forced administrative leave when the allegations broke in late
“[Shaham] agreed to leave his position as district chief, taking
upon himself the responsibility and understanding that the position needs to be
filled at the present moment,” the police spokesman’s unit said in a
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch accepted
Current Southern District chief, Asst.-Ch. Yossi
Prienti will take over as the new Jerusalem district chief. National police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Prienti will take over from acting Jerusalem
police head Dep.-Ch. Manny Yitzhaki in the next few days and the police will
appoint a new chief for the southern district. Yitzhaki is expected to return to
oversee the Lahav 433 investigations unit, a post he began just a few days
before the allegations broke.
On July 26, the Justice Ministry’s Police
Investigations Department announced that it had conducted a months-long
undercover probe against Shaham and suspected him of sexual harassment
assault and improper sexual relations.
Shaham went on forced leave
pending the completion of the investigation.
Jerusalem Police Zion
precinct head Dep.-Ch. Nissim Edri was also placed on leave in connection with
his failure to report Shaham’s alleged sexual misconduct against the
On August 2, the Justice Ministry transferred Edri’s case to
the Jerusalem Police for an internal disciplinary hearing. The Police
Investigations Department decided that Edri’s conduct did not warrant criminal
Prienti, a 47-year-old father of two, previously served as the
police chief of Beersheba, police chief of the Negev region, deputy chief of the
David precinct in Jerusalem, the security advisor to Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch, and the commander of the southern region.