"Yechidat Hashitur Ha'aviri" ("The Aerial Police Unit")
by Israel Moskowitz
The original article appeared in Yedioth Ahronot on June 21, 2020
Translated by World WIZO staff
Limor Rahamimov Photo Credit: Effi Sharir
Major Limor Rahamimov (25) from Afula is making history: She is the first woman in police history to complete the prestigious UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) course, and will soon begin monitoring the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and help locate missing persons in the sea, track maritime vessels and prevent theft at beaches, break-ins of parked cars, bullying and other offenses.
Rahamimov was born in Kiryat Ata. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the police cadet program at the WIZO Nir Haemek |Youth Village. "For three years I studied police work and criminology and the field fascinated me," she says. "I enlisted in a very meaningful IDF service as an analyst of behavioral sciences in the military police, and upon my release, I decided to enlist in the police. I realized that was my direction in life. In the police course, it was easy for me because I knew the material from high school. After the course, I was assigned to the Tiberias police station, and I became a part of the foot patrol for the Kinneret. I deal with 100 hotline (Israel's 911 for Police) events, drownings, public order at the beaches, traffic offenses and parking and more. Our goal is to provide visitors with maximum security. "
Learn more about Limor in this video shown at the World WIZO 2020 EGM:
Some time ago, while participating in a special tour for outstanding police officers, Limor was exposed to the police's aerial work and UAV operations, and decided that this would be her mission. After passing many tests she was accepted into the prestigious course. "I was in a course with seven other police officers from all over the country," she says. "I passed the course and am now returning to the Tiberias Police, and from now on I will operate the UAV according to operational needs. Being a trailblazer and becoming the first female member of the Israeli police in this position is an amazing feeling. It is important that the police allow women to take on such positions. It proves that women can do everything. The sky is not the limit for me."
Deputy Shalom Avitan, Commander of the Kinneret District Police, concludes: "I am proud that the first UAV operative in the Israeli police is a female police officer of the Northern District. Her promotion is part of the district's policy to encourage women to reach their full potential, in all areas and at all levels. "
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