Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Dudi Cohen has ordered police reinforcements to be sent to the Southern District in light of the escalation in rocket fire on the region. The decision came following a special situation analysis at the police's Lachish sub-district headquarters, held by Cohen and the head of Israel Police's Operations Branch, Cmdr. Bentzi Sao, as well as the deputy commander of the Southern District, Dep.-Cmdr. Danny Hen. IDF and Home Front Command officers also attended the meeting. The increased police forces were ordered in order to allow officers to provide a rapid response to rocket attacks. Officers are tasked with helping to evacuate the victims, protect property and provide residents with a sense of security. Cohen also called on police to be on alert for "unusual" incidents that could develop in "sensitive spots around the country" - a reference to mixed Arab - Jewish cities.