(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan plans to establish new division within the Israel Police to promote law enforcement in Israel’s Arab sector and recruit Arabs to serve in the police force. Jamal Hakroush, currently an assistant police commissioner, will head the new division, becoming the first Muslim Arab in Israeli history to rise to the rank of deputy commissioner.
Hakroush currently serves as the deputy chief officer of Israel’s Coastal Police District. He was the first Muslim Arab to receive the rank of assistant commissioner and the first to serve as a deputy chief officer.
The new division is the brainchild of Erdan and Israel Police Commissioner Insp. Gen. Roni Alsheikh, and has been designed to boost cooperation in the Arab sector as well as to fight the high crime rate in Arab villages and towns. The division will be tasked with establishing new police stations in Arab districts and recruiting cadets from within the Arab sector.
Hakroush joined the Israeli police in 1978 and served in numerous roles, including commander of the immigration police in the Haifa district, commander of Afula and Nahariya police stations during the Second Lebanon War, and commander of the Zevulun Station in Haifa. He is from the village of Kafr Kanna, where he still resides with his wife and four children.