“We have already expressed our concerns about C2000 to the corps management, but now the measure is really full,” says ACP chairman Wim Groeneweg. “If you work with more than seventy people from different services, including Belgian colleagues, such as on Thursday evening in Rijsbergen, you must have reliable communication. Especially since we took into account that the robbers were potentially dangerous with firearms.”
Maarten Brink, ACP chairman Zeeland West-Brabant, tweeted that police officers had informed him about the failing communication network C2000 during the manhunt. “It is a serious incident. Time to intervene! This is really no longer possible.”
During the police action, three suspects of the robbery of a gun shop in Nieuwmoer, Belgium, were arrested in Rijsbergen. They fled there by car.
Thanks in part to tips from local residents, they were arrested after a manhunt in the village, which was completely closed. “My compliments to everyone from Rijsbergen,” says police spokesman Willem-Jan Uytdehage. “It can sometimes be experienced as frightening if you suddenly have to stay indoors. But that allowed us to do this search. And we received several valuable tips, which enabled us to take all three by the collar.”