Police officer suspected of hiding camera in women’s bathroom at station

Officer also suspected of sexually harassing colleague; is questioned under caution by internal investigations unit and released to house arrest

Illustrative: A public toilet (Phanithi Siriwong; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: A public toilet (Phanithi Siriwong; iStock by Getty Images)

A police officer has been detained and questioned for allegedly placing hidden cameras in a women’s bathroom at the station where he worked, as well as sexually harassing a colleague, the Justice Ministry said Thursday.

The officer was questioned under caution on Wednesday by the Police Internal Investigations Department, a branch of the Justice Ministry.

He was then released to house arrest and barred from entering any police station until the end of the investigation.

In addition to the hidden cameras, the officer is suspected of sexually harassing a female officer who worked in his unit.

Details on the officer’s identity, rank, or location of the police station in question were not released.

The Israel Police has seen a number of high-profile sexual harassment cases in recent years, including among top officers.

A recent comptroller’s report from November found that some 25% of women performing their mandatory national service in the police, Border Police and prison service report experiencing sexual harassment during the course of their service.

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