Since 2018, the network has consisted of four West Flemish police zones with PZ Polder, PZ RIHO, PZ Vlas and PZ Westkust. With the Antwerp Police Zone added the name of the project from WVL4 to ANTW4WVL.
In concrete terms, the network will work together to not only exchange experiences, but also services in different areas. “Among other things, with regard to policy support, project operation and personnel support for resources and personnel,” says Wouter Bruyn police. “But exchange projects are also being prepared for operational and judicial matters, communication, internal supervision, legal support, customer management, diversity, human resources and ICT.”
The intention is better to leave the police on the ground with better targets and better support. For example, the various forces must be better able to respond to new trends, but also at an organizational and social level.
The five police forces are very different from each other. Where the Antwerp Police Zone works in a metropolitan context, the PZ Polder, which includes the municipalities of Diksmuide, Koekelare, Kortemark and Houthulst, is a typical rural zone and in the PZ RIHO (Roeselare, Izegem and Hooglede) consists for a large part of an urbanized area with a lot of SME activity.
The PZ Vlas, with Kortrijk, Kuurne and Lendelede, is on average an urbanized area, while the PZ West Coast is a coastal zone with the municipalities of De Panne, Koksijde and Nieuwpoort. The network will take place on one year of cooperation.
In the latest podcast from Police Zone Antwerp, chiefs of police Serge Muyters (PZA) and Nicholas Paelinck (PZ Westkust) further elaborate on the collaboration: