Terror threat level reduced for police officers and police buildings

The terror threat level for police officers and police buildings has been reduced from level 3 (serious) to level 2 (average). News that the terror threat level for the police has been reduced appears in Tuesday’s edition of the daily ‘De Tijd’.

The terror threat level for police officers and police buildings was increased to threat after the successful anti-terrorism operation in Verviers (Liège province) in mid-January. Since then there has been extra surveillance around police stations and police officers have been following stricter security procedures than would normally be the case.

Now after more than ten months the body that assesses the level of terrorist threat in Belgium OCAD has reduced the threat level from 3 to 2. OCAD says that although the risk of an attack against the police is still “real”, its threat assessment is not based on “risk”, but on firm indications that there is a “threat” and this is currently no longer the case.

OCAD’s Peter Mertens told the paper that "We will meet with the police today to discuss how the security measures can be modified”.