The Ministry of National Security approved an additional budget of NIS 9 billion, which includes an addition of 4,850 standards. A significant part of the increase is channeled to salary increases and grants to police officers and prison guards in the Prison Service and to the establishment of Phase I of the National Guard. This is in addition to dedicated budgeting for the strengthening of the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service and the Israel Fire and Rescue Service in the areas of technology, construction and equipping, and improving the operational preparedness of these bodies.
The principles of the budget summary for 2023-2024 include the establishment of the National Guard, salary increases for police officers and prison guards, a significant increase in standardization, reduction of regulation and improvement of service, streamlining of core issues, improvement of preparedness for emergency events, and promotion of construction programs in the Prison Service, in addition to an increase in the base budget. The average one-time annual budget in 2023-2024 is 236% higher than the annual average between 2017-2022.
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Minister of National Security MK Itamar Ben-Gvir: "We have achieved an unprecedented budget summary for all the ministry's bodies, and for the first time it will be possible to grant designated salary increases to the Israel Police and the Prison Service. In addition, the standards will enable the first phase of the establishment of the National Guard alongside strengthening governance and police presence. In order to empower the police and the IPS in a way that will be more attractive in terms of salary conditions and in order to recruit quality manpower, we raised the salaries of police officers and prison guards by 20%-40% as part of the agreement."
Itamar Ben-Gvir (Photo: Reuven Castro)
As part of a budget summary between the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Finance in order to approve the state budget for 2023-2024:
increases, additional grants of NIS 134 million in 2023-2025.
The agreement will allow for 40%-20% salary increases to be granted gradually to beginning police officers and guards and junior officers.
The agreement preserves the S/33 mechanism, according to which the salaries of police officers and prison guards are linked to the salaries of IDF permanent servants.The anchors of the agreement will enable the granting for the first time unique salary additions as well as grants and special contracts in selected professions in the Israel Police and the Prison Service.
Intensification of additional budget for the strengthening of the police, the Israel Prison Service and Fire and Rescue Services –
additional budget for the purchase of operational, logistical and technological equipment to increase the operational preparedness of the bodies of the Ministry of National Security, the Police, the Prison Service and the Israel Fire and Rescue Service.
Establishment of the National Guard and strengthening of the Israel Police – a budget increase that will enable the recruitment of 3,225 additional standards in 2023-2024 to strengthen the police and establish the National Guard (recruitment of 1,825 new standards for the establishment of Phase I of the National Guard and 1,400 new standards for classic policing).
46 reserve companies in the Border Police - During the years 2023-2024, 18 additional reserve Border Police companies will be established, including those who will be part of the National Guard. These companies join the 28 existing reserve companies.
An addition of 1,200 guard positions, intended, among other things, to absorb guards on permanent duty to replace the female guards who served in the security wings of the prisons.
A significant budget addition for technological procurement in the Israel Fire and Rescue Service:
an addition of 250 firefighter standards.
Renewal of the Fire and Rescue Service's vehicle system, advanced technological innovations, increased search and rescue capabilities, and preparedness for climate change.
- Itamar Ben-Gvir