Just half of Brussels police bilingual

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14 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Just 52 percent of Brussels police officers are bilingual, it was revealed on Monday.

14 August 2006

BRUSSELS — Just 52 percent of Brussels police officers are bilingual, it was revealed on Monday.

In some police zones, 71 percent of officers are bilingual, but that falls to 35 percent in other zones.

Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said 58 percent of native Dutch speaking officers are bilingual compared with 47 percent of Francophone officers.

Just 14 to 15 percent of the officers from Liège, Charleroi, Ghent and Antwerp who chose to work in Brussels are bilingual.

The Flemish officers are better educated than the Wallonian officers.

Some 21 percent of the Flemish officers are bilingual, compared with 9 percent of the Wallonian officers in Brussels.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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