At the beginning of October, Jens Porrez (3rd from the left in the photo) joined the district intervention team of the Zottegem/Herzele/Sint-Lievens-Houtem police zone. If you want to know more about the Neighborhood Intervention Team, you can read the interview below.
Interview met team member Daan MuylaertThanks to Police zone Zottegem/Herzele/Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Good afternoon Daan, you are part of the neighborhood intervention team of our police zone. What is the core task of a neighborhood intervention team?
As the word suggests, a neighborhood intervention team is called up when a police intervention is needed in the neighborhoods of our zone. We must be on site within an appropriate period of time to, for example, resolve dangerous situations, investigate abnormalities and provide aftercare. All with the aim of improving the quality of life and safety in the neighbourhood.
That seems to me to be a very important task. How do you arrange all these calls with your team?
In general, the rule applies that we want to be on site as soon as possible after a call. However, when we receive multiple calls, we use ‘zonally defined priorities’. A life-threatening situation then has a priority of 1, a serious event where delay can lead to danger has a priority of 2, routine incidents that do not require immediate intervention are given a priority of 3 and lastly, postponeable or locally manageable incidents are given a priority. priority of 4.
Interesting! Do you have other tasks besides answering interventions?
There is quite a bit of writing involved in the interventions. Our team can also be deployed in routine tasks such as traffic checks, supervisions, marginal notes and small law enforcement agencies. We can always spend our time well on the force (laughs).
An alarm can be sounded at any time of the day and night. How do you deal with that?
Our corps has two teams of two neighborhood intervention inspectors available at all times. We always work in shifts that follow each other, for example we have shifts from 06.00 to 14.00, from 14.00 to 22.00 and from 22.00 to 06.00. During the day and during busy shifts, we are also assisted by a chief inspector, which means that we can be available to our neighborhoods 24/7. So currently there are four teams of seven members each headed by a Chief Inspector.
A position as a district intervention inspector seems very challenging and diverse to me. Who do you think is right for this job?
The position of district intervention inspector within our force is an intake position, suitable for recent graduates and/or newcomers. In this position you get to know your colleagues and how the force works and you become familiar with the police zone. Are you someone who likes to work in teams and teams, are you interested in the entire spectrum of police work, do you have a high resilience and are you stress resistant, sporty with strong social skills? Then this might be the police position for you!
Thanks for your time, Dan. I wish you, Jens and the team every success in your work!
Would you like to learn more about the neighborhood intervention team? Then click here.