The Ministry of Public Security and the Israel Police acknowledge the importance of the training, guidance and professional development of police officers; starting from their recruitment throughout their service. Training plays a significant role in the development of the police officers' capabilities and general knowledge preparing them for current and future challenges.
The police training in Israel is currently dispersed between 18 different centers across Israel:
- Three national centers: the main police academy in Shfar'am, the officers school and the school for combat fitness in Kfar Ne'urim
- Six regional centers in the various Israel Police districts
- Nine departmental professional schools in intelligence and investigations, operations, traffic, bomb disposal and animal training
The new national training center will combine all of the Israel Police training fields and methods under one roof. The project will optimize the training by wisely using the means and resources for the different training courses. The efficiency will allow the police to allocate certain resources to a large amount of training courses, cutting costs and enlarging budgets for new equipment and courses.
The new training center will be a state of the art campus using modern technology and media equipment for the studies. The campus will be available and accessible to all operational units, instructors and teaching staff, offering solutions to all of the Israel Police's training needs while also cutting costs in the transport and accommodations for the trainees.
The project will be implemented and managed by a private investor who will be selected following a carefully tailored tender. The transfer of the training center to private hands will increase efficiency and cut costs, while maintaining the highest standards set in the world of professional training. The tender will be assembled by the Ministry of Public Security, The Israel Police and the Ministry of Finance, and will elaborate on the services that are to be provided by the private investor, including the extent of training courses and the qualifications and backgrounds of the instructors, guaranteeing the highest standards of training and professional knowledge.
The police trainees will remain under the command of the Israeli Police, while the management of the training center and the training programs will be under the responsibility of the private entrepreneur. The model of private management and police supervision allows the highest quality and flexibility as apposed to a project which is managed and supervised by the same authority.
The new campus will include a residential area, classrooms, an auditorium, public facilities (medical clinic, kitchen, dining hall, a social club and library), a school for combat fitness (including a swimming pool, workout gym and sports grounds), a shooting range, an animal division (including a stable, canine facilities, training grounds and a veterinarian clinic), a stadium and an 850 spot parking lot.
The new training center will be erected on a 230 dunam lot by Beit Shemsh, a central location in Israel, located by main police districts such as the Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv Districts.