Murder cases not police priority

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14 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Murders, armed robberies and drug smuggling will not be a priority for federal police in the near future, says Sypol.be. The small police union was given access to the draft for the new national Security Plan 2008-2011 which the leadership of the federal police plans to present to the new government.

14 September 2007

BRUSSELS – Murders, armed robberies and drug smuggling will not be a priority for federal police in the near future, says Sypol.be. The small police union was given access to the draft for the new national Security Plan 2008-2011 which the leadership of the federal police plans to present to the new government.

The plan gives 15 "new" phenomenon priority. One of the 15 is domestic violence, a focus area for outgoing justice minister Laurette Onkelinx (PS).

In an open letter to general commissioner Fernand Koekelbergh Sypol complains about the choice of new priorities. "They have been chosen by technocrats that know nothing about police work, on the basis of incomplete statistics," says Jan-Piet Callens of Sypol.be.

"If the leadership at the federal police gets its way then the most serious crimes will no longer be a priority. Corruption, murder, arms and drug smuggling, armed robberies, and child abductions are not mentioned in that security plan."

The national security plan is a mandatory programme. Public prosecution directors may play around with the order of priorities, but none may be left out.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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