Civil Guard volunteers given wider arrest, search rights by Knesset

The Knesset Interior and Environment Committee on Wednesday approved greater powers for Civil Guard volunteers to arrest suspects and perform searches while they are out on patrol.

There are currently tens of thousands of volunteers serving in the Civil Guard, far more than the 28,000 officers in the Israel Police. They are not required to carry out the same training as police, and do not have the same jurisdiction to arrest or perform searches.


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