New police stations of the Jerusalem District Police were inaugurated in the last few days at the Hadassah Medical Center, with their establishment in the Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Mount Scopus hospitals.
In May 2022, the government approved the placement of police stations in the hospitals, in order to eradicate violence against the medical staff and to increase the deterrence against those rioters who do not act in harsh and unacceptable ways, to the point of causing extensive physical and emotional damage, to those staff and many times – also to equipment and infrastructure the hospitals.
The police stations inaugurated at the Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Mount Scopus hospitals will be manned during the week by Israel Police officers, during which the officers will work to prevent and immediately respond to unusual and criminal incidents and violence of any kind, in addition to the professional and skilled care provided by the security teams at the hospitals.
The CEO of the Hadassah Medical Center, Prof. Yoram Weiss: “After a long road, our struggle has borne fruit. The Israel Police officers will play a significant part in protecting the safety of the crews and the visitors and will assist in deterring and restoring a sense of security, together with our security department teams, who do their work faithfully throughout the day and night. I emphasized to the teams at Hadassah that they deserve every protection and safe ground that will allow them to engage in the work of saving lives. I promised them that the management of the medical center will not be silent or rest until the positions are established and I welcome today the continuation of the excellent cooperation with the Israel Police, which will surely lead to a strengthening of the sense of security and the prevention of violence.’
Jerusalem District Commander, Superintendent Doron Turgeman: We take very seriously any act of violence against doctors and medical staff members. It goes to the medical teams who do holy work and life-saving activity – optimal protection against violence of any kind, and we will work to protect them. The police officers who will be permanently stationed in the hospitals will work to provide the best service, to prevent violence of any kind on the hospital premises, to increase the sense of security of the medical staff and hospital visitors and to handle unusual events. By doing so, we will increase deterrence, shorten the reaction time, and buy confidence for those who work around the clock to save lives.’