“Zero tolerance”: Van Quickenborne wants to tighten the screw against acts of violence against the police

Concretely, the rebellion which leads to incapacity for work will fall under “zero tolerance”, which means that legal action will be systematically given to this type of misdeed.

In addition, a reference magistrate is appointed to each prosecutor’s office for all criminal acts committed against police officers. This magistrate will serve as a point of contact for the police and will better inform the persons concerned of the progress of the cases.

The Minister of Justice has also decided to speed up the implementation of the aggravation of penalties for violence committed against police officers and persons exercising other societal functions. This aggravation is already provided for in the new penal code, but it will not come into force until two years after its approval by Parliament, i.e. in principle in 2025. The minister therefore wants to insert this section of the new penal code into the current penal code so that the aggravations of sentences “can be applied more quickly”.
Finally, work is continuing with the Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden, on a legal framework for “bodycams” for police officers.

“Those who attack the police because of the function they perform are thus attacking society as a whole. We must take severe measures against this,” said the Minister of Justice, Vincent Van Quickenborne.

Leave a Comment