Report claims Belgian police are not polite enough

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Most of the complaints were due to unacceptable words or actions by police officers.

The police watchdog Committee P has released its annual report.

Last year the committee received 6,900 complaints - 10% more than the previous year.

The committee ruled that one in seven complaints was proven or well-founded.

Most of the complaints were due to unacceptable words or actions by police officers.

Many members of the public complain that the police service is not customer-friendly.

There are a lot of complaints about a lack of politeness among rank and file police officers.

This finding is shared by officials of the liberal police union VSOA. Alain Ysebaert told the daily Het Laatste Nieuws that it's especially young officers who display little respect vis-à-vis their superiors and show a lack of discipline too.

Other complaints centre on abuse of powers and the use of violence. There were many complaints about railway police officers being aggressive without any call.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • A. Cameron posted:

    on 6th March 2009, 10:59:52 - Reply

    I've never found the Belgian police to be anything but polite and helpful, whether you go to them for information or they stop you to check your papers. You've got to wonder if there wasn't some degree of rudeness on the part of the whingers who complain. Then again, I'm not a drug dealer or pimp in some sleazy part of the capital ...