Public safety is still 'core task' of police

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20 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Maintaining public safety remains the core task of police, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said on Monday in reaction to a study revealing that there are more than 18,000 private security guads in Belgium.

20 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Maintaining public safety remains the core task of police, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said on Monday in reaction to a study revealing that there are more than 18,000 private security guads in Belgium.

It was revealed during a study day into police tasks in Brugge on Sunday that there are 159 registered security firms in Belgium, accounting for 18,321 security guards.

The security officers are increasingly taking over the role of the police, but Minister Dewael assured Flemish public news service VRT on Monday that ensuring public safety remains a core task of police.

Because there is a great variety in private security firms, Dewael wants to impose uniformity on the industry, firstly through the use of education.

"I am favour of a uniform education standard, definitely in the sector of private protection and safety firms," he said.

He said there should be one exam used for private security firms. They should also be granted more authority such as allowing them to guard government buildings and remove films from unmanned cameras.

Dewael also said he will work towards ensuring security guards in different cities wear the same uniforms.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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