More police, new youth jail to boost safety
26 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Inner Cabinet ministers were meeting on Wednesday to discuss measures to combat youth crime after Sunday's massive silent march against violence.
26 April 2006
BRUSSELS — Inner Cabinet ministers were meeting on Wednesday to discuss measures to combat youth crime after Sunday's massive silent march against violence.
The killing of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck for his mp3 player at Brussels Central station two weeks ago has sparked public concern about safety.
In response, the cabinet has said violent muggings and extortion should be the focus of a new crackdown. It said such crimes should always result in legal action.
It has also agreed to recruit 250 extra neighbourhood 'wardens' for greater social control in Belgian cities and is discussing plans to boost the presence of police in city streets.
Meanwhile, government ministers have also approved plans for a new youth detention centre with a capacity to detain 200 offenders.
Following the agreement, the Flemish and French-speaking communities were to enter into talks with the federal government later on Wednesday.
The nation's linguistic communities will pay for the employees at the new detention centre, while the federal government will allocate EUR 20 million to its construction.
The plans for the new youth detention centre have been the subject of drawn-out talks in recent years.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news