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NCJ Number: 150075 Find in a Library
Title: Police Relations With Local Authorities: Police Decentralization in Belgium
Journal: Cahiers de la Securite Interieure  Issue:14  Dated:(August-October 1993)  Pages:67-83
Author(s): C De Valkeneer
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 17
Type: Presentation
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This article characterizes the Belgian police system as a conflict between the proponents of centralization and those of local autonomy.
Abstract: The Belgian police system consists of a highly centralized and specialized police militia; largely autonomous police units of 589 cities, towns, and rural areas; and several special police units. With so many independent units and little communication among them, the Belgian police system faces considerable coordination problems. In the past 20 years, the local police forces have attempted to modernize and professionalize their force, but they struggle to overcome their lack of funds and personnel. The militia, on the other hand, has become a highly efficient unit, which is even encroaching on the tasks of the special police forces. To remedy this imbalance in the Belgian police system, several options have been considered, which would unite the local police under either a national, regional, or state command. Although a radical police reform is not expected in the near future, the article emphasizes that such a reform should must retain enough autonomy to assure a close relation to the local citizens, yet enough integration to function and coordinate effectively. 6 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Decentralization; Police command and control; Police organizational structure; Police reform
Note: Paper presented at International Conference for Comparative Police Systems and Supports, Paris, December 1- 4, 1992
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