Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said fellow authorities should drop their “slogans” and better fund federal police in order to face “real” security concerns in Belgium and Brussels.
“Enough with slogans, we need action!” Close said, citing examples of investment he has made in the local police zone under his competency, the Brussels-Ixelles zone.
“My police zone hired 200 additional police officers, invested in a surveillance camera network and in additional vehicles,” he said on Twitter, adding that these investments were still “not enough.”
Close’s comments coincide with the release of a report by the Federal Police Council which concluded that federal police would be unable to handle any potential future terrorist threats.
.@zpz_polbru a recruté 200 policiers supp., investi dans un réseau de caméras & dans l’achat de voitures d’intervention. Et ce n’est pas suffisant! Comme dit en avril 2019, il faut refinancer la @policefederale. Notre détermination est d’assurer la sécurité de nos concitoyens! https://t.co/YysW6CFc8l