Paid internships within police for young people to encourage vocations
Monday, 26 November 2018
It will soon be possible for young people to get a paid internship within the police and other security services. Authorities hope to inspire youth under 25 to choose police work, according to the office of Interior Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA). It is hoped that this measure will attract in particular young people with specific profiles, such as IT specialists.
“We want to give these young people the opportunity to taste the security sector. For we realize that there is currently many young people whom we fail to reach, while the police force needs these young talents,” spokesman for the Minister Olivier Van Raemdonck says.
“One of the reasons they opt out is that they have to wait for 7 to 8 months before starting their police academy training,” he adds. By offering a paid internship, it will be possible for them to get the feel of things more quickly.
Recruitment will take place at a “scholarship market” as part of a broader campaign, on 19 and 20 December, in Brussels. Young people up to 25 years will then be able to apply for a paid internship, in the police for example, within OCAM or the Crisis Center. All police services should offer posts, but trainees, of course, will not carry out arrests or be authorized to use a weapon.