In a pioneering initiative, top students at Boys Town Jerusalem’s College of Applied Engineering (CAE) teamed up with the Israeli Police Technology Development Division to develop specialized devices and resources for the police. Recently, they were awarded certificates for their excellent work.

During the academic year, seven handpicked students spent hundreds of hours at the Police division applying their electronics skills to create solutions to different challenges.

Because Israel’s police prefer to develop and produce their products in-house, they were happy to collaborate with our CAE students, who spend their final year working on their graduate projects. The students selected to work within the Police Technology Development initiative produced projects geared specifically to answer the needs dictated by Police technology experts. David Cohen, an instructor in CAE who also mentored the students, commented on the intense projects.

“Our students see and use the newest, most advanced technology, as they resolve one hurdle after another throughout the intensive day.”

This is not the first time Boys Town Jerusalem has worked with one of Israel’s forces. Since its inception in 1971, our College of Applied Engineering has worked closely with the IDF to meet the army’s urgent demand for soldiers with technological expertise. CAE students are granted postponement of their compulsory military duty during the two-year course of studies. Once completed, our graduates serve in select IDF units – such as cyber security intelligence units – for five years. Following their IDF service, CAE grads take leading roles in Israel’s career military and in the hi-tech sector.

This new cooperative effort with the top Police technological experts is a landmark accomplishment for Boys Town Jerusalem which will have a far-reaching influence on the students’ future,” Cohen declared. “In essence, we all win. Thanks to their work and their harnessing of technology for our benefit, the nation will be more secure and our lives enriched.”

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