Belgian news outlets La Dernière Heure and Het Laatste Nieuws reported over the New Year period that the Belgian Federal Police service are going to start training their officers as locksmiths. These officers will take the place of professional locksmiths during house searches.
According to the Locksmiths Federation, trading locksmiths are increasingly disinclined to work for the police due to the sheer length of time it takes to get paid by the Justice department.
The police aim to have at least one trained officer per investigation team. The initial training will take place at police academies and those police officers will then train other colleagues.
”You need to look at it as an emergency solution for urgent cases, when there really is no locksmith available and we need to get into the house”, says the Federal police’s press service. “If we have trained locksmiths within our ranks, we can manage on our own.”