RIHO chief of police Curd Neyrinck: “There is only one enemy and that is Covid-19” – Society

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“The facts are the facts, but they need to be viewed in full context,” said RIHO chief constable Curd Neyrinck after the incident involving the police motard and the skater on the Trax site (see box below). “I cannot, should and will not go into the facts in order not to damage the investigation. But may I call on everyone to simply follow up on the measures. That requires the least energy from all and leads to the most peace. realize that there is only one common enemy: Covid-19. “

The RIHO police zone had already had a violent weekend with arson and a personal accident on a railroad track when they also got into the eye of the storm when a police officer literally clashed with a 39-year-old skater. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating the matter. “That is why I, as chief of police, cannot comment. We have of course entered into discussions with the inspector in question and have come to a provisional solution. In the meantime, an external investigation is being conducted, as is usual in such incidents.”

The RIHO police zone had already had a violent weekend with arson and a personal accident on a railroad track when they also came into the eye of the storm when a police officer literally clashed with a 39-year-old skater. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating the matter. “That is why I, as chief of police, cannot comment. We have of course entered into discussions with the inspector in question and have come to a provisional solution. In the meantime, an external investigation is being conducted, as is usual in such incidents.” that the RIHO corps is in the firing line. “We are not alone. Also the community guards, firefighters, the people in the care … The citizen has become more vocal. In itself that is not a bad thing, but sometimes people go wrong and the respect for the people who seem to do their job We do hundreds of checks every month If anyone who has to show their papers or ID disputes that, then we just can’t do our job properly I personally think that some people put too much energy into how to take measures by simply following it up. If you are unsure whether or not to wear your mask in a given situation, simply put it on. “Meanwhile, the petitioned policeman gets tens of thousands of people behind him through a petition through Facebook. “It is a support for our services, but on the other hand, it is a pity that this must happen after an incident. I prefer that people in public life just follow what the law prescribes and we ask them. Those social media have a prominently in our society, sometimes I see issues appearing there that are blatantly inaccurate, but which we cannot counter because we are bound by professional secrecy, which is sometimes difficult, but we have to learn to live with it, just like the fact that everyone is now ready to make a video of an intervention by us, which is immediately thrown on the internet, while for example we have not yet had the time to inform the family of a victim. This leads to painful situations. “On the Trax The site has images from two cameras that filmed the entire incident. “But of course there is no sound. Bodycams can be a solution, but there are still a number of problems to be solved. In the WVL4 partnership, which are the police zones West Coast, Polder, RIHO and VLAS, we are ready to invest in this. Curd Neyrinck himself came to the police in 1984 and went through all walks of life. “It can always be said that it used to be better. But it is mainly different and more difficult. I try to make some time to get on the field. For example, I am on patrol in the night shift of the 100 days. The people in the field do indeed sometimes have to endure hard And above all they are people and not robots I speak from experience I have also experienced three fatal accidents in a weekend that creep in the clothes And not everyone easily dismisses it. As a policeman you carry a backpack and it is not always easy to take it off. You can do that by talking to colleagues. But if everyone treats each other with respect, then we are already a little further. “Mayor Kris Declercq also responded:” From my authority, I have to wait for the investigation, but of course I follow it closely. There is an urgent need for renewed respect for enforcers, rules and each other. Our society is under stress, but non-respect of the rules and violence are never an option. The people who are responsible for our safety do this more than ever in these difficult corona times in difficult circumstances and under great pressure. Confidence in the sincerity of the enforcers remains unchanged for me. ”

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