New traffic enforcement cameras 390.
(photo credit: Public Security Ministry)
Israel Police will continue to cut down on the number of tickets for minor
traffic infractions in favor of emphasizing enforcement of serious traffic
crimes, Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said on Sunday.
Danino said the
emphasis would go towards stopping more aggressive violations like running red
lights or bypassing traffic by way of the shoulder, rather than towards speeding
tickets. The plan is a continuation of efforts launched by Danino over the past
year, including the roll-back of the use of quotas for officers, which he said
has meant 250,000 fewer traffic tickets issued in Israel over the past six
The new emphasis will potentially be made much easier by the
traffic cameras now in use across the country.
Danino’s comments came
during a briefing with reporters on Sunday in which he unveiled a new police
operational guideline program called “Turning Point.”
Danino, the plan will place heaviest emphasis on providing service to citizens,
including efforts taken to boost performance of 100 emergency call centers,
which he said currently receive an average of nine million calls per year. He
said the police force is looking to increase the number of veteran police
officers manning the call centers, but admitted it’s a hard job to recruit
Danino said the plan will radically change the way each
police station is evaluated, with a series of points awarded for a number of
criteria. Under the new system, 40% of the station’s assessment will be based on
its “deterrence” – how it meets arrest and indictment goals, 40% will be based
on feedback from citizens in their patrol area and 20% will be based on internal
assessments carried out by each station, based on such things as worker
satisfaction and manpower.
The new guidelines will also mean a far
greater push for an increase in the number of indictments reached, especially
for serious crimes. Danino said an indictment is made in about 1 out of every 10
crimes in Israel, a figure he wants to dramatically increase.
if the push for more indictments would drive young investigators to pursue even
shoddy cases, he expressed his confidence that indictments will still only be
presented when there is enough evidence.
Danino also described a new
emphasis on speaking to local communities and basing policing on which issues
are the most central to residents.
In addition, the inspector-general
described plans to build new police stations in a number of Arab towns and
villages across the country.