Ohana taps border police head as new top cop, picks 2nd-ever female prisons chief

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana announces he has selected Border Police Commander Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai as the next Israel Police commissioner, as reported earlier today.

In addition, he says he has tapped the current head of the Israel Prisons Service’s southern district, Katy Perry, as the organization’s next head. This would make it the second time the Prison Service is headed by a woman.

The Prisons Service has been without a permanent chief since 2018, when Ofrah Klinger ended her tenure, and has since been led by an acting head, Asher Vaknin.

Perry last year became the first-ever female district commander in the organization.