Police chief: Fighting violence – a national priority (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 05.19.12, 10:54)
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Following recent week´s surge in violence top police brass tour the
streets of Tel Aviv
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, heading a delegation of senior
police officers, toured the streets of Tel Aviv overnight, following
the series of violent incidents plaguing the city over the past few
The surge in violence has prompted the police to bolster its physical
presence on the ground across all major Israeli cities.
The move is part of the police´s efforts to restore the public´s
sense of safety, which Danino admitted has taken a serious blow.
Speaking before a Knesset´s Internal Affairs Committee hearing on
Wednesday, the commissioner vowed to spare no effort to restore
Friday nights´ tour began at the Tel Aviv District Police
headquarters, where Danino stressed that while the police sees the
fight against violence as a "top national mission," the department´s
limited resources prevent it from tackling it solely.
"We´ve decided to launch ´Operation Night Watchmen,´ which was meant
for the summer, immediately," he said. "We aim to significantly
increase deployment in known high-traffic centers… and I hope it
improves the public´s sense of safety."
The recent crime wave, he added, "Proves that our previously-set
goals were correct: Apprehending perpetrators, determined
enforcement, fighting violence unwaveringly and increasing the number
"Today we urge anyone who can join us in the fight against violence
to do so – this is a national struggle, not just a police one."
The officers also visited the police 100 Emergency Line center, and
were briefed in the hundreds of calls flooding it. The call-center
dealt with over 2,400 calls on Friday, routed through only 20
operators. Police sources said that the heavy workload results in
many calls being missed. Shiri Hadar contributed to this report
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/19/12)
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