From the JTA
Israeli ‘rabbicops’ probed
Hundreds of Israeli policemen are believed to be obtaining rabbinical ordination to boost their salaries.
Citing Justice Ministry sources, Ha’aretz reported in a weekend expose that as many as 600 policemen have taken courses for the Orthodox clergy so they could receive $430 monthly stipends.
According to the newspaper, some of the “rabbicops” are openly secular, and the sages administering the ordination courses have been known to allow their students to abbreviate the studies for the sake of convenience.
Police spokesmen declined comment on the affair, citing a probe already under way.