An Increase in the Number of Police Officers

Change of direction in the police: Increase in the number of officers

The wave of resignations in the police has slowed down. A 15% decrease in the resignations of permanent personnel has been recorded compared to the same period last year. The Commissioner: "The benefits package provided to officers has made the police a stable workplace"

Illustration (Photo: Avshalom Sassoni/Flash 90)

The Ministry of National Security and the Israel Police announced today (Thursday) the halt of the wave of resignations in the police. Additionally, the statement noted that there has been a 15% decrease in resignations among permanent personnel.

According to the police statement, the good news comes as a result of salary increases that have led to an increase in the number of returning officers, totaling around 100 officers.

As part of the move, dedicated salary increases were given to the Israel Police in the amount of an average of 1,000 NIS for the starting ranks (up to the rank of Sergeant Major in Countermeasures and up to the rank of Inspector in Ktsuna). Also, additional salary increments are expected, in addition to the current increment, both for designated increments in 2024 and 2025 and following wage increases in the IDF and the Histadrut, in accordance with the emerging models. The trend of resignations in the police has reversed, a 15% decrease in the number of resignations compared to the corresponding period last year.

Ben Gvir: "We will continue to strengthen the police"

Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, referred to the encouraging data and stated, "I am proud to see that the trend is beginning to change." According to him, the billions allocated to strengthen the police and enhance the sense of security are reflected in the officers' salaries. "We will continue to strengthen the police with all our might," the minister said.

Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai: "The police and the Ministry of National Security invest a lot of effort in recruiting police officers and retaining existing police officers. The new additions and grants, along with benefits given to police officers, creates a comprehensive envelope for recruits and makes the police a stable and attractive workplace." The Ministry of Public Security and Israel Police reveal that there has been a reversal in the trend of police resignations, with a 15% decrease compared to the same period last year – a total of 514 resignations compared to 607. This trend reflects the high demand for joining the police force, and due to noticeable salary increases, there has been an increase in the number of returning officers, totaling around 100 officers.

Ben Gvir and Shabtai (Photo: Haim Goldberg/Flash 90)

Shabtai further added, "The police and the Ministry of National Security are investing significant efforts in recruiting new officers and retaining existing ones. The additional benefits and new incentives, alongside the existing benefits provided to officers, create a comprehensive package for recruits and make the police a stable and attractive workplace."

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