Israel Police Chief Mulls Setting Up Fund for Shamed Cops

Heading the committee is traffic police chief Maj. Gen. Yaron Be'eri, who was recently accused of illegal fundraising.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, at the Knesset in February 2016.
Alsheich, at the Knesset last month. His decision is problematic given the recent spate of cases of senior officers coming under fire for apparent sexual harassment. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich has established a committee to look into the possibility of funding legal aid to police officers accused of sexual harassment or ethical infractions.

As chairman of the committee, Alsheich has appointed traffic police chief Maj. Gen. Yaron Be'eri, who recently submitted a request for a police refund of legal expenses incurred in a bribery affair involving attorney Ronel Fisher. In that case, the Justice Ministry unit that investigates police misconduct determined that Be'eri had broken the rule prohibiting police from fundraising.

Be'eri and his wife were subpoenaed to testify after the unit received information that money from Fisher and Fisher’s clients had gone to a non-profit group headed by Be'eri’s wife. The unit said it had decided not to pursue charges against Be'eri because of lack of evidence, but referred the matter to the police for disciplinary action.

In the event, no disciplinary action was taken against Be'eri. At the time, Be'eri claimed that he had to spend a great deal of money on his legal defense and requested financial assistance from the police, although the Justice Ministry unit did not clear him of the charges.

Alsheich reportedly wants the Be'eri committee to revisit the rule regarding legal aid to officers under investigation. It currently excludes providing such assistance to officers “suspected of offenses or actions that impair the confidence of the public” in government agencies, except with special permission.

Israel Police said that "in light of the proliferation of violent online incidents, or 'shaming,' aimed at police officers, the police commissioner appointed a committee to examine the handling of the matter. The committee, headed by Maj. Gen. Yaron Be'eri, presented its conclusions to the commissioner, who praised the committee's work and conclusions, some of which are already being implemented.

"The head of the committee was also tasked with examining the legal and social help given to policemen and policewomen who require it. The committee has yet to submit its conclusions on this matter," it added.

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