Police reporting offices for youth crime

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5 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A public contact point is to be established in every police zone allowing the public to report youth crime to justice authorities.

5 July 2006

BRUSSELS — A public contact point is to be established in every police zone allowing the public to report youth crime to justice authorities.

The project comes in response to the murder of teenage Joe Van Holsbeeck at Brussels Central station in April.

The federal government is currently finalising the details of agreements made with regional authorities shortly after the stabbing murder.

The point of contact is part of a memo sent by Interior Minister Patrick Dewael to mayors, provincial governors and corps chiefs in police zones.

The contact points must be operational by the start of the new school year.

Students, parents and school boards will be able to lodge complaints about crimes of extortion, theft or violence on public transport.

In the nation's larger cities, the point of contact could become a service operated by several police officers. In rural areas, the office will be staffed by an intermediary.

"We are thus going to use repressive means," Minister Dewael said. "The aim is that aberrant behaviour is detected on time."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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