Military to end patrols in train and metro stations as of September
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
As of next September, the military will progressively put an end to their patrols in train and metro stations, indicated Sunday evening VTM. Their surveillance missions will be taken over by the federal police. According to the Minister for Defense, Steven Vandeput (N-VA), this decision had already been taken by the government quite a while ago.
“The decrease in military patrols will be led in conjunction with the police and security services and will not be achieved at the expense of safety,” ensures the minister.
The military in train and metro stations will not, however, disappear overnight, but progressively.
These will remain quite present on a number of strategic locations, such as the Rue de la Loi, various embassies, Jewish and international institutions.
This decrease in the military presence is on the agenda of the National Security Council, which includes representatives of the government, police, justice and intelligence services. This jurisdiction must give its green light to the measure.