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The Commissioner backs the police: "We will continue to use technological tools" | Israel Today


Saturn sent a letter to the police, in which he clarified: "Do not spy on innocent civilians" • He sided with the Investigations and Intelligence Division, and wrote: "We act in the most legal and professional manner"

Following the publications last week, regarding the police spying on civilians and listening to them through NSO software, this morning (Friday) Commissioner Ranz Kobi Shabtai sent a letter to the police, clarifying: "The use of technological tools will continue according to law, we will continue to upgrade the tools These. "

He opened his remarks and referred to the attack under which the organization was located.

"There seems to be someone who seeks to impair the ability to fight serious crime. A police force that seeks to be relevant in the struggle must act in this way."

 He reiterated his remarks from the last few days and said that the ombudsman stated in his reference that the Investigations and Intelligence Division acted with authority and subject to the required approvals. He further noted that in their investigation they failed to confirm the findings published this week.  

NSO offices, Photo: AFP

"Already at the beginning of the process and in the conversations I had with the Attorney General, I emphasized that the Israel Police will cooperate with every investigation, and answer every question out of a true belief that we operate in the most legal and professional manner. This is the way of the police. "There was a scenario in which the Israeli police violated the privacy of innocent civilians and demonstrators. There is no scenario in which the police violated the unwritten protection contract between them and the citizens of the country."

He turned to the police and wrote: "You know best of all that we use the technological tools at our disposal against criminals or those who seek to commit dangerous offenses. We guard these capabilities with all vigilance, and monitor their use most carefully."

He said he had asked the ombudsman to set up an external investigation team, and if they found any deviations from the authority, “they will be dealt with immediately with the required severity.

We will not allow any state of deviation from the norms, but we will also not allow a state of violation of our working methods and deterrence in the face of criminals.

But let us be clear - there is no basis for the allegations that the police are spying on its citizens. "

  Finally, I would like to strengthen the police, fighters, commanders and volunteers in your stubborn activity against crime and terrorism in our country. You who represent the values ​​of determination, honesty, responsibility and protection of human dignity, were confident that the Israel Police will continue to develop ", He signed.

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Source: israelhayom

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