Only eight agents sent to the borders for targeted operations
Saturday, 03 October 2015
Targeted police operations against people traffickers and others aimed at registering all the refugees in Belgium started this week, like the Home Affairs minister Jan Jambon had said they would. But only eight agents have been sent to Belgium’s borders with the Netherlands and Germany. They will also only be present during office hours, the Mediahuis papers revealed on Friday.
Only eight active police officers are being sent to cover 200 kilometres of the border. They will work between 8.45am and 11.15 am and 1pm and 3.30pm. There will no checks at night or at the weekend. “This operation is like putting a band aid on a broken limb, and there is little point to it”, says Ruddy Callewaert, from the Sypol police union.
Home Affair minister Jan Jambon’s cabinet is asking for patience. “This is just the beginning”, the spokesman says. “We will evaluate the checks next week, and adjust them if necessary. “ “It’s not just the Eastern border. There are also checks in stations, airports and the main motorway carparks in Belgium”.