PM: We'll learn policing tips abroad

Netanyahu says Aharonovitch, Steinitz to be sent overseas to learn about reducing urban violence.

yitzhak aharonovitch 248 88 (photo credit: Knesset Web site)
yitzhak aharonovitch 248 88
(photo credit: Knesset Web site)
A day after a 50-year-old man was stabbed to death in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday that Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch would travel abroad in order to learn how to deal with the rising wave of violence in Israel. The prime minister also told a meeting about plans for municipal policing that police and local authorities needed to join hands to fight crime. Netanyahu said in the discussion that "the question is what exactly they have done in other countries in the world with municipal police departments where crime has decreased." "What are the characteristics common to these places where this process has succeeded?" asked the prime minister. "There are seven cities in the US that have demonstrably reduced crime, and all of them took similar steps" to do so, he added. Finance Minister Steinitz said in the discussion that "the municipal police departments will be accountable to the mayors of the cities, and this will result in competitiveness and will improve the level of personal safety" in the cities. Aharonovich, on the other hand, said that "a situation in which the municipal police will be accountable to the mayors of cities will create 250 independent police forces, and will create a large disconnect between the municipal forces and the national police." The public security minister added that "municipal policing needs to be accountable to the national police and it should operate according to guidelines set by the mayor."