Police in uniform will be obliged to wear identification badges at all times, and will not have the right to remove them at their discretion. The Ministry of Public Security has agreed to this idea and will not object to a bill that makes hiding police identification a criminal offense.
The bill was proposed by MK Uri Ariel (National Union), after numerous cases in which police acted with brutality yet could not be punished because they were not wearing identification when they committed the violence. The most famous such case was a raid on Chavat Gilad in 2002, in which police commander Shachar Ayalon instructed all the police under him to take off their ID badges and identify themselves with his name.
Under current law, said Ariel, not wearing a badge is only a disciplinary offense. "The present situation does not let citizens file complaints against policemen and hurts the police's image more than anything else," he added.