we are seeing off a controversial year marked by the hope of defeating the global pandemic and the anxiety of the recent emergence of new potentially dangerous strain of the virus.
The pandemic largely affected all aspects of private and social life and road safety was no exception.
Still, in this last 2021 ROADPOL Newsletter edition we are shedding light on another crisis that poses challenges to the work of road police forces in Europe - migration.
And as challenges go we need to think of road police forces personal safety, which is at risk during every shift on the roads and streets of Europe - a fact sadly reconfirmed by the recent loss of yet another colleague of ours, this time in Italy.
With the reminder of how vulnerable life is we wish you a peaceful and serene holiday season, Merry Christmas and a better and healthier New Year!
Stay Alive and Save Lives!
Heinz Albert Stumpen
ROADPOL General Secretary
The growing number of migrants trying to cross the English Channel by small boats has seriously affected the everyday work of ROADPOL members, among which Belgian Highway Police.
The phenomenon potentially compromises road safety since police patrols redirect their focus while dealing with numerous cases, some as dangerous as having migrants fleeing across a busy motorway. Read more
French Gendarmerie called citizens for caution when doing their Christmas shopping, so that they do not spoil their festive mood.
The Gendaremerie in the department of Nord launched a campaign against Christmas parking lot thieves, which most actively operate at... Read more
Spanish Police Forces To Obtain 5,800
ROADPOL member Civil Guard will be one of two Spanish policing forces to add a total of 5,882 e-vehicles to their fleets.
Thanks to an investment of 396 million euros, the Civil Guard and the National Police will incorporate the new vehicles by 2023. Read more
Crash Kills Italian Road Policeman
An Italian road policeman was killed in a crash while on shift.
On the 11th of December Maurizio Tuscano, assistant chief coordinator of the Amaro traffic police was just leaving after a crash scene investigation...