Friday, April 19, 2013
Israel’s top cop: My guys can learn manners from the NYPD
“I want to see how the police officers here treat the people that obey the law,” he said. “On one hand they can be very polite and give citizens all the help they need and on the other hand be tough when it comes to criminals.”
Danino, who was named head of Israel’s nationwide security force two years ago, has already taken steps to emulate the NYPD: his agency’s new uniforms look just like the ones New York’s boys in blue wear.
“It’s almost the same uniform,” Danino explained. But it’s hot in Israel, he said, so their uniforms needed to be more lightweight. “We didn’t change the colors, but we changed the material.”
Danino’s interest in Big Apple police procedures comes as the NYPD is embroiled in a federal stop-and-frisk trial where police officers are accused of harassing minorities.
Some elected officials are also demanding police brass answer to an inspector general.