Yaacov Laher retired as Brigadier General from the Israel Police in May 2013.
He has over 30 years’ experience as a police officer, 4 of them as the Deputy Chief Negotiator for Israel National Police (1993-1997) and since then served in the Israel Crisis Negotiation Unit, as a reserve member. He’s managed and resolved many crises throughout his career, ranging from suicide attempts to terror-related activities, kidnapping and hostage situations.
As a senior officer he directed for 2 years (2010-2011) a National Project of planning and establishing a new Police Academy (with a 2.2 Billion i.s budget). He led the H.R field by serving 3 years as the Head of Personal Department (2007-2010). Serving as the Deputy Head and Chief Instructor, Police Academy for 3 years (2004-2007) made him an expert in Police training. His Criminal Intelligence experience came from serving 3 years as the Head of the Research Division, Criminal Intelligence Department (2000-2003).
Yaacov is an expert in crisis negotiation, Intelligence Data Collating and research, crisis operational management, with a particular focus on Instruction, training and Intelligence aspects.
Mr. Laher holds an M.A. in National Security from the I.D.F National Defense Academy and Haifa University, and graduated from the FBI academy in the crisis negotiation field.