Jerusalem Police Unit to Rev Up

Jerusalem police this week unveiled the latest tool to improve its fight against crime and terrorism: a 30-person unit on Kawasaki motorcycles.

Police said Monday that the new unit was formed because of increased car traffic, which slows down response time to incidents, not because of a rise in crime and terrorism.

The unit has been trained to apprehend car thieves as well as terrorists. The officers will travel in pairs and be equipped with machine guns.

If the unit proves successful in the capital, similar ones may be formed in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

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