British policemen are learning the basic principles and customs of Judaism to help them in their work in Jewish communities. A 15-page booklet explains the Sabbath, dietary laws and other laws and customs.
The Jewish Community Service Trust has sent the 15-page brochures to every police office. Trust official Mark Gardner explained, "We are regularly asked by police officers how they should behave when entering a synagogue, or why Orthodox Jews cannot call to report a crime on the Sabbath. It is vital that all officers understand the basic tenets of our religion, so that they can provide an effective and sensitive service to the community.”
One police superintendent said the booklet is "an excellent and timely resource." Policemen learn from the brochure that on the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur "synagogues are open all day and are extremely busy, especially for the evening service. There is likely to be a continuous flow of people on the streets throughout the day."
It also warns policemen that on Purim "consumption of alcohol is encouraged."