About the Ministry of Public Security
The Ministry is responsible for law enforcement and keeping public order in Israel, through the following bodies: The Israel Police, Israel Prison Service, Fire & Rescue Commission, Anti-Drug & Alcohol Authority, and the Israel Witness Protection Agency.
The Ministry of Public Security was founded in 1948 as the Ministry of Police, immediately after Israel declared its independence. Formally, its Minister has three areas of responsibility – public security, law enforcement, and corrections – and the Ministry is the body through which he directs a number of executive agencies in his charge: the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service, the Israel Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority, the Israel Witness Protection Authority, and the National Fire and Rescue Commission.
The duties of the Ministry, under the direction of its Director-General:
To make a policy and monitor its implementation, allocate resources to the executive arms and monitor their use, consider and respond to the requests, proposals and plans put to the Ministry by its field agencies, receive and process complaints from within the law enforcement system and the general public and make improvements, promote legislation required by the police and prison services, and represent the interests of the Ministry in dealings with other ministries and agencies.
The Ministry of Public Security coordinates all activities of the professional staff of the national "City without Violence" campaign – a program designed to confront all types and situations of violence in cities and to increase the sense of personal security among residents.