Brussels to tackle drug violence with coordinated approach to hotspots

Following several drug-related shootings, Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort announced on Tuesday the launch of an integrated and coordinated approach to various hotspots of drug trafficking and use in the capital.

The relevant police zones will join forces to tackle the problems in these hotspots more effectively, an approach based on that around Brussels Midi railway station. Vervoort said the coordinated approach around Midi had led to the relocation of the problem, which is why the hotspots must be constantly updated. 

The new approach is now being developed by various actors. The aim is to adapt the approach to each location. Within two weeks, the regional security council will decide on the final measures. 

For each hotspot, action plans will be drawn up for the police, the public prosecutor's office, the emergency services and services such as cleaning services. Each plan will address security, prevention and infrastructure.


Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort and chair Sophie Lavaux during a press conference on drug-related violence © BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

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