Call for greater anti-terror police efforts

25th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2005, BRUSSELS — More resources should be allocated to combating terrorism in Belgium and an anti-terrorism management unit should be established in the federal police corps.

25 July 2005

BRUSSELS — More resources should be allocated to combating terrorism in Belgium and an anti-terrorism management unit should be established in the federal police corps.

Those recommendations were made by the Comité P, which supervises the Belgian police services.

The committee also said police should be more active in preventing terrorism in Belgium and in the gathering of intelligence.

However, daily newspaper 'De Tijd' warned on Monday that police might then be encroaching on the territory of the Belgian security service VS.

In its annual report for 2004, the police supervision committee focused an entire chapter on terrorism, urging for the fight to become "an absolute priority" for police.

"And for that battle, the necessary means must be allocated. The police capacity which is specialised in combating terror must be increased," the committee said.

It also said federal police should have a specialised management unit focused purely on combating terrorism.

Currently, the section Terrorism and Sects holds a relatively low ranking within the federal police force, it said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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