CAIRO: Ministry of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said Thursday that he is considering the implementation of a life insurance system for police officers, reported Al Ahram.
The statement follows the Wednesday explosions at Cairo University that killed one senior policeman.
“Life insurance for policemen is common all over the world particularly in the countries fighting terrorism,” said Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said that the Interior Ministry would respond to the request of multiple policemen and provide them with 150,000 advanced firearms.
On Thursday, a high-level ministerial meeting that included the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister, and the Interior Minister was held to discuss the ratification of a new anti-terrorism law.
Hisham Nour, an officer at life insurance company NSGB, told The Cairo Post Friday that policemen working in the State Security Investigation Service, or commando units, and any others exposed to higher risks are subject to a specific insurance type.
“Those officers would pay 15-25 percent more than other officers and civilians,” said Nour.
Major General Magdy al-Basiouny, the former deputy Minister of Interior told The Cairo Post that life insurance for police officers was discussed earlier in 1990s when Islamist militias targeted touristic points across Egypt.
“Following the 1997 Luxor massacre that killed over 40 tourists, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly discussed the issue with former president [Hosni] Mubarak but unfortunately no serious steps have been taken,” said Basiouny.
He added that the Ministry of Interior should change its security strategy and abolish the ‘old-fashioned’ installed checkpoints.
“Policemen standing at fixed checkpoints are an easy target for militants,” he added.
Since the July 3 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, attacks by militants have killed 496 people, including 252 police, 187 military personnel, and 57 civilians, according to a foreign ministry statement issued in late March.