Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) has decided to appoint Zohar Dvir to be the new deputy commissioner for Israel Police, after entering Commissioner Roni Alsheich recommended Dvir.
The appointment will come into effect this Thursday, together with Alscheich's new appointment as Commissioner.
Despite his relative youth and inexperience, Dvir's name also arose as a potential candidate during the search for a new commissioner.
Dvir, born in 1965, served in a number of commanding positions in the IDF's Golani Brigade, including as the commander of the Sayeret Golani special forces during an intensive period beyond the security zone. Later, he was placed in a foreign security role for three years.
In 1999 he joined the elite Yamam counter-terror unit and rose to become a company commander. He then became an officer in the unit's operations branch and eventually headed the entire unit during a time of continual operations and terror attack preventions.
In 2007 Dvir was appointed the commander of the northern Emekim District for the police. The following year he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. In 2009 he became the deputy commander for the northern district and then as its acting commander.
In 2011 he was again promoted, to the rank of deputy commissioner and made head of the logistical support branch. In January 2014 he became the official commander of the northern district and, this past February, was also given responsibility for the beach district.
Dvir has a bachelor's degree in the Land of Israel studies from Haifa University and a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He lives in Kiryat Tivon and is married with three children.