Belgian police: "Young officers lack discipline"
According to Jan Schonkeren, head of the liberal trade union for the police, young police officers do not have sufficient discipline.
He is in favour of stricter recruitment criteria and more emphasis on discipline during police training.
"Young officers do not fully understand the exemplary role the police play in society. They clash too often with deontological rules. Even worse, sometimes they clash with judicial authorities," officer Schonkeren said in the Sunday edition of the daily Het Nieuwsblad.
Schonkeren thinks that police academies should tackle the problem and there should be more emphasis on discipline during classes. He also alls for stricter recruitment criteria, especially in where the 'morality of the candidates' is concerned.
Earlier this year the parliamentary committee Comité P, which audits the police services in the country, expressed concern. "Our young officers no longer know how to react adequately to problems that arise," was its conclusion.
Comité P is also in favour of better and more extensive training at the police academy. It also calls for stricter recruitment criteria.