Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai reportedly railed against leaks to the press during a recent meeting with senior officers, but the message did not appear to sink in. Those comments have leaked as well.
In leaks from the meeting, published by the Kan public broadcaster, Shabtai was quoted as saying that officers could have to undergo polygraph tests if the leaks continue to appear in the media.
“I came to work,” Shabtai reportedly said. “I need to deal with leaks and briefings, including against me, that are not always accurate. If there are complaints, here is the place to raise them.”
The report, which did not cite a source, said that Shabtai did not accuse any particular officer of orchestrating the leaks, and said that the phenomenon was damaging to the force.
It was not clear if there had been any specific leaks that irked Shabtai.
“We do not comment on things said in closed deliberations,” police said in response.
In 2018, then-police commissioner Roni Alsheich said over 100 high-ranking officers were cleared of having leaked information from sensitive investigations after undergoing lie-detector tests.