Thursday, December 18, 2008

54 Israeli cops injured and not a settler in sight

An Israeli police force training exercise veers badly off course:
Some 54 police officers sustained minor injuries on Thursday during an exercise gone awry. The Police Department held an exercise simulating mass riot and crowd control procedures near the southern military base of Zeelim.

The drill involved 6,000 police and Border Guard officers. The injuries occurred after "rioters" apparently used excessive force on "peacekeeping" officers during a mock disturbance. All of the injured were treated on site and according to the police, none of needed to be taken to a hospital.

(…)The exercise, said the Department, was meant to bolster police deterrence and enhance the officers' ability to handle complex situations.

Considering all Israeli police officers more or less pull a stint in the IDF how a ‘mock riot exercise’ goes this far over the edge does makes one wonder, and apparently, poor driving skills are not confined to bus drivers only:
A car crash was also reported during the drill, as five police officers were injured after the driver of one of the police vehicles lost control of his car. One of the officers sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Another officer was moderately hurt and three other suffered minor injuries.

I expect it will take much more staging for the police to get a handle on these mock training exercises although there is a part of me which hopes the training loop does not end any time soon...for when it does these same officers will be the ones sent into Judea and Samaria.

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