What is often lauded as the best police department in the world, and possibly the most controversial, has made another bold move and opened a local office in Israel.
The NYPD Israeli branch will be housed within the Kfar Saba police station in the Sharon District and was opened after officials decided the department needed to maintain a close working relationship with the Israeli police force, Al-Monitor reported Wednesday.
The branch is currently staffed by only one man, Charlie Ben-Naim, a former Israeli citizen and veteran NYPD detective.
Israel isn’t the department’s only international outpost.
In his bid to fight terrorism, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has overseen expansion into London, Lyons, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, and Toronto, according to New York Magazine.
Back in New York, the department has been facing increasing criticism for what the public sees as a series of missteps.
A New Jersey-based Muslim group sued the department in June over its surveillance of Muslims and Muslim student organizations.
And just last month, nine were shot by police officers near the Empire State Building when law enforcement opened fire on a man who had killed his former coworker just minutes earlier.
Robert Asika, one of the people injured in the melee, announced plans to sue the department, saying police officers should have received better training prior to the incident.