Brussels police “not ready” for World Cup trouble, says P CommitteeWednesday, 13 June 2018 10:29
"We cannot avoid the conclusion that restoring order and bringing down an escalation of tension to acceptable and manageable levels is the work for police officers who have been properly trained in this specific area,” the report says.
According to a spokesperson for the Brussels-City-Ixelles zone, however, the November match was the catalyst for the police in the zone to improve their training. “Immediately after the riots, we began special training for people to be able to react to unexpected disturbances,” said Ilse Van de Keere. “In that respect the remarks of the P Committee are a bit behind the times.”
Above all, she said, the World Cup is not an unforeseen circumstance. “We have been meeting regularly to examine what are the risk matches. The Brussels police is certainly ready for the World Cup. We’ve also taken into account that a large part of the central avenues is undergoing works, and there are paving stones ripe, so to speak, for the picking.”
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