"We hope that the courts will be able to get worse with the criminals we are gathering evidence against," said today (Thursday) the head of the Investigations and Intelligence Department, Deputy Superintendent Ziv Sagiv, referring to police activity in the second week of a "safe route" to eradicate crime in the Arab sector.
In recent weeks, there has been growing criticism within the police of the courts' overly forgiving attitude against those who are considered perpetrators of crime in the Arab sector and in general.
"We can do what is required of us, but if the punishments are not in accordance and the courts continue to facilitate or release - there will be no deterrence," a senior police official said this week.
The court in Be'er Sheva.
Criticism from the police, Photo: Dudu Greenspan
In a briefing to reporters, Sgt.
"A GSS representative sits with us every week at a round table, it opens doors and the collaborations flow to units in the field," Sagiv said.
According to Lt. Col. Sagiv, some of the heads of local authorities in the Arab sector cooperate with the police openly and some covertly.
Part of their cooperation is overt and part covert, "he said, adding that the police's fencing department maintains contact with local authorities with the ability to have a moderating influence.
"Get the perpetrators of the crime out of the equation"
As part of the operation, about 200 perpetrators of crime were defined in the Arab sector, whom the police want to put behind bars.
"The goal is to get them out of the equation through indictments," said Natzam Sagiv but warned that targeted and uncompromising activity could encourage another wave of crime on the part of those who will be hurt financially.
According to police from last Wednesday, 61 searches were carried out in the Arab sector, 36 arrests, 19 seizures of weapons, 16 vehicles were seized, seven businesses were closed, one building was demolished and four indictments were filed, two of them with detention until the end of the proceedings.
The operation combines the forces of all law enforcement agencies, including the tax authority.
Targeted activity is carried out against changers, businesses run or identified with criminals, pirate gas stations, businesses operating without a license, demolition of illegal buildings, illegal sale of tobacco products, lots for the sale of vehicles and washing of vehicles from which revenue flows, on According to police, criminal organizations and criminals.
Hundreds of policemen and border guards raided the Bedouin diaspora, Photo: Police spokeswoman
In addition, activity is being carried out against pirated gas storage facilities that are sold without a permit.
Border forces have also stepped up activity at the seam line against cattle and egg smugglers. Targeted activity is also being carried out in garages in the Arab sector, drugs and weapons.
Meanwhile, traffic police this week inspected 1,342 drivers and removed unsafe vehicles from the road.