Months after the breakout of a series of protests against police brutality and racism, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan approved a series of recommendations for improving police relations with the Ethiopian-Israeli community, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
At the center of the recommendations are the recruitment and promotion of more Ethiopian-Israeli police and the deployment of more Amharic speakers who can better service the community.
The ministry said they approved the employment of Amharic-speaking operators at police dispatch hot-line centers at all hours as part of this effort. In keeping with the goal of increasing their representation in the police force, the recommendations include taking steps to make sure that at least 3% of police recruits each year are from the Ethiopian-Israeli community. The ministry said that this year 185 members of the community have enlisted in the police – 4% of all recruits.