NYPD Opens Israel Branch to Extend Security Cooperation

(September 2012)

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In early September 2012, the New York Police Department (NYPD) opened its first ever Israeli branch at the Sharon District Police Headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Kfar Saba.

NYPD Detective Charlie Ben-Naim, an Israeli expatriate, led the mission from one of the United States' most recognizable police departments. Behind the opening of the branch in Israel is the NYPD decision that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact.

It was decided, in coordination with the Israeli police, that the New York representative would not operate out of the United States embassy but from a building situated close to the Kfar Saba station. The NYPD sign was even hung at the entrance to the district headquarters, and Ben-Naim’s office is situated on the first floor of the building. One of the walls bears the sign: “New York Police Department, the best police department in the world.”

Though this is the NYPD's first foray into establishing an office on the ground in Israel, it is by no means the first time the Israeli police have worked and trained with their American counterparts. In November 2011, a delegation of senior American law enforcement officials came to Israel to conduct joint training manuevers with Israeli counter-terrorism officials. The majority of the American delegation hailed from the FBI as well as local police departments in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.


Avi Ashkenazi, "NYPD Opens Branch in Israel," Maariv-NRG, (September 5, 2012).

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