The news appears in an article in Saturday’s edition of the daily ‘De Standaard’ and the reason given is that there are not enough candidates. The office of Interior Minister Jan Jambon (Flemish nationalist) has said that the situation is “unbelievable” and that “we are currently carrying out a thorough investigation”.
A man that was convicted of assault and driving without a licence, another applicant that was found with 15 XTC pills while drive, a hit and run driver and the friend of a jihadi are just some of those that got through the police recruitment procedure. The daily ‘De Standaard’ quotes an anonymous source as saying that “the bar has put extremely low , everyone should be able to get over it”. The source also talks of being under great pressure to achieve recruitment targets”.
De Standaard’s Matthias Verbergt says that the sources he spoke to are sending out a cry for help.
"The people that I have spoken to are concerned about security. They are concerned that the finger will be pointed at them if something goes wrong with a policeman or women that is armed and allowed to use force against civilians in the name of the state”.
“No stone will be left unturned”
A spokesperson for the office of the Interior Minister Jan Jambon (Flemish nationalist) told journalists that no stone will be left unturned when investigating the alleged malpractice. They also deny that any political pressure has be exerted to reach recruitment targets at any cost.
The former police Commission and head of the socialist list for the municipal elections in Antwerp Jinnih Beels says that the practices outlined in the article don’t surprise her and that there have been issues of this kind for decades.
The Head of Resources Management at the Federal Police Paul Putteman that
"There aren’t names given, but were are now trying to work out who it could be so that we can look at whether something went wrong with the recruitment process”.