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Belgium Railway Police (SPC)

The railway police (SPC) is part of the Federal Police and is responsible for the police work in train and subway stations, in the trains and subways and around the railways. SPC also guarantees the reception in the railway stations of Brussels-South, Namur, Liège, Charleroi, Mons, Leuven, Antwerpen, Gent and Bruges and has patrols in the Brussels Subway (Metro).

The creation of the Railway Police

The creation of the Railway Police dates back to the 19th century. Its legal framework is determined by the law of the 25th July 1891. Until its integration into the gendarmerie on 1st June 1999, the Railway Police was composed of members of the Belgian National Railway Company with limited police competence.The current Railway Police as a federal service of the integrated police structured on two levels was born on 1st April 2001. The Underground brigade of the former gendarmerie joined the Railway Police on 1st August 2001. Just like the Air Police, the Waterway Police and the Traffic Police, the Railway Police is under the authority of the General Directorate of Administrative Police of the Federal Police.

"The train of the future"

The logo represents the train of the future. The two curved lines symbolise the Railway Police’s willingness to provide quality service to passengers as well as to transport companies, with which they have a special relationship. The whole badge, which is white on a blue background, reflects the dynamism of this field unit of the Federal Police. In order to make railway policemen recognisable to train passengers, their badge bears a yellow stripe which says “POLICE DES CHEMINS DE FER - SPOORWEGPOLITIE”.

Only Railway Police members have the right to wear this badge.

Community oriented policing within the railway police as a leverage to excellent policing

  • School platforms.
  • Awareness lessons in schools about safety at level crossings in cooperation with local zones.
  • Hestia (tackling the homeless problem in the Brussels underground).
  • OLOV (Overleg Leuven Openbaar Vervoer, Leuven Public Transport Consultation).
  • Partnerships with city services and police zones concerning bicycle thefts in various cities.
  • Campaign against nuisance in and around stations in cooperation with different partners.
  • Protocol agreements with local police zones.
  • Training in community oriented policing and conflict management (empowerment).
  • Reflection on qualitative working within the CAF self-evaluation framework.
  • Elaboration of the railway line study along the lines of excellent policing.

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