UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION
The following communication has been addressed to the Chairman of the Commission by Sir Alexander Cadogan.
Dear Mr. Lisicky:
You will remember that you raised with me in conversation the other day the question of a security force to preserve law and order in Jerusalem.
2. We have now received further information from Palestine on this point which may be helpful to you.
(ii) Before the end of February the Government of Palestine hope to have established a Municipal Police Force of 300 Arabs and 300 Jews. It is proposed that this force should remain in being after the date of the termination of the Mandate.
(iii) In addition to these Arab-Jewish Municipal Police, the Government of Palestine considers that a force of one thousand non-Jewish non-Arab personnel would be the minims required for the preservation of law and order in this area.
(iv) There are indications that a fair number of British Police would volunteer, after the termination of their contracts with the present Administration, for service with such a force but it is impossible to give a reliable estimate until further information is available as to the proposed terms of service which would be offered and whether such service would be under British command. Most of the British Police who might be likely to volunteer would be of junior rank and rather inexperienced and it is probable that very few volunteers of the rank of Inspector and upwards would be forthcoming.
(v) It is estimated that a force of one thousand non-Jewish non-Arab personnel would cost more than £40,000 per mammal, excluding the cost of accommodation, arms, and ammunition and the capital cost of transport. The mixed Municipal Force referred to above would cost about £12,000 per mensem, so that the Municipalities are not likely to be able to contribute to the cost of the larger force.