One-time payments for new officers to improve working conditions.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
New police officers and prison wardens will receive a one-time bonus of NIS 10,000, the Public Security Ministry announced on Monday, following a prolonged dispute with the Finance Ministry over low police salaries.The bonus will be paid to officers who sign on for further service during their first few years on the force.RELATED:Public Security: An SOS for police fundingPolice, Court in war of wordsHalf of the sum will be paid upon signing, and a second installment will be received later, the Public Security Ministry said. Officers with the rank of superintendent will also receive a bonus of between NIS 9,000 and NIS 11,000 after signing up for more years of service.Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Beiteinu) has been waging a campaign to improve conditions for officers and wardens and has protested the minimum wage salaries paid to many of the officers.Aharonovitch expressed satisfaction with the agreement on Monday, but added that conditions were still far from ideal, and pledged to continue to fight for better conditions for police officers, “who work around the clock, day and night... to safeguard Israeli democracy.”He added, “The ministry’s budget is larger than ever.I’m glad we were able to convert the slogans into real, practical backing, which is so badly needed by law enforcement personnel.”Starting police officers earn NIS 4,148 a month, and cannot hope to pass the NIS 5,000 mark until rising through five ranks, to become first-sergeants.The process takes around five years to complete, and for many officers, the journey up the chain of command will end there.A smaller number of officers will then be promoted to the rank of deputyinspector, ensuring them a salary of NIS 8,571. Only a select few will go on to become assistant-commanders, deputy-commanders, lieutenant-commanders and finally commanders.The salaries of these high-ranking officers range from NIS 21,000 to NIS 41,000.
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