Israel Police Chief Yochanan Danino reports that violence among the nation’s young increases dramatically each year, with criminal records opened against 9,000 youths annually. He warns this trend must sound an alarm for it is a real threat to the nation.
The police chief expressed his fears, citing the culture that has become associated with a night out, partying and social events too often leading to law-breaking and violence among the young. He points out that alcohol and substance abuse are major contributory factors.
Danino explains the department works to bring in young volunteers towards bringing them back to a normative lifestyle and last year, 1,080 youths were involved in such programs. The police chief calls on community leaders to regard these numbers with the utmost seriousness and act accordingly.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)