Hanging tough

A Discovery Channel show affords an inside peek at special police units around the world.

border policeman 248.88 (photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimski)
border policeman 248.88
(photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimski)
With Israeli military operations getting denounced globally, it's nice to know that somebody out there recognizes and appreciates the difficult and complex job our fighting units face. Especially when that somebody is a former British SAS commando fighter-turned-author-and-TV-host. The Discovery Channel's series Elite Police (On YES, Channel 38), created by crack ex-commando Chris Ryan, has been focusing on special police units around the world. Each week during the eight-episode series, Ryan travels to another trouble spot and embeds himself with the special forces; he visits places like Brazil, Columbia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Episode six, which airs Monday night, finds Ryan riding with the Israeli Border Police as it tackles human trafficking and drug and weapon smuggling on the southern border. Filmed well before Operation Cast Lead began, the episode also takes a look inside the Border Police training methods - and even joined it for a drug bust. Ryan, who participated in numerous operations in Iraq, Libya and terror hubs in Africa during his years with the SAS - an elite special force within the British Army - spent a week training with the Border Police. He said he came to appreciate the difficulties of policing a country in which part of the population was hostile to the national police force. "By gaining unprecedented access to these brave police teams and their training regimes, I was able to get a glimpse in to their dangerous world and join them in their daily fight against serious crime," said Ryan, who left the SAS 11 years ago and went on to become a successful author.