Israel has signed and ratified the three UN Conventions: Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961; the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971; and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 .
IADA is by law the body responsible for coordinating effective collaboration between the various law enforcement bodies in Israel, even though it is not in itself a law enforcement body (such as police, or DEA). IADA is responsible for organizing joint meetings between these bodies to promote new initiatives, and for allocating some of its budget to promote operations and technological developments to combat drugs (such as equipment, K9 dogs). As cooperation is essential to all sectors of the combat against drugs, law enforcement works closely with prevention bodies, and law enforcement agents often participate in prevention programs and activities in schools and in the community.
The Law Enforcement Department is charged with establishing the national law enforcement policies and law enforcement efforts in Israel and coordinating between all law enforcement entitites: the Ministry of Public Security responsible for the Israel National Police and Israel Prison Services; the Israel Defense Force Police; the National Anti-Drug Money Laundering Unit, which belongs to the Israel Tax Authority, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Justice and other ministries and law enforcement bodies in the community.
The Department helped build the international infrastructure of police attaches around the world responsible for the field of drugs.
IADA's Law Enforcement Policy:
1. Decreasing the amount of drugs smuggled into and distributed in Israel, and decreasing drug use in Israel.
2. Pinpointing sources of drug smuggling within Israel and abroad.
3. Improving existing legislation and investigations to facilitate: arresting drug dealers, seizing drugs, confiscations, preventing money laundering.
The Department is responsible for initiating legislative amendments to the Drug Control Ordinance and amendments to other related laws, regarding treatment of drug abusers and prevention of drug abuse.