Belgian policeman wins prestigious award at Top Cops Awards in Washington: “It’s a great honor”

Belgian policeman wins prestigious award at Top Cops Awards in Washington: “It’s a great honor”
Belgian policeman wins prestigious award at Top Cops Awards in Washington: “It’s a great honor”

Belgian policeman wins prestigious award in Washington, United States. Investigator Olivier Hardy from the anti-terrorism division of the Brussels Federal Judicial Police (DR3) is awarded in the “international” category at the 28th presentation of the Top Cops Awards.

The investigator of the anti-terrorism cell (DR3) of the federal judicial police of Brussels Olivier Hardy received Friday evening in Washington a Top Cops award for having helped to foil an attack targeting the United States embassy in Brussels.

The Top Cops Awards have been organized for 27 years by the National association of police organizations (Napo), an American association, to honor police officers who have accomplished a remarkable act.

Judicial inquiries are increasingly complex and cannot be resolved on their own

On June 21, 2019, Olivier Hardy and his colleagues from DR3 had been informed of a planned terrorist attack targeting the United States Embassy. After intense search work involving the federal police, an investigating judge and the federal prosecutor’s office, a suspect was arrested less than 24 hours after receiving the information. “It is a great honor for me to win this award, but we have to imagine that judicial inquiries are more and more complex and cannot be resolved alone”, reacted the Belgian police officer to the announcement of the results.

“This award is recognition for the qualitative work that was carried out by all the colleagues of the team in charge of the case but also, more generally, of the federal judicial police and the Midi police zone, who supported us. Without forgetting the Regional Computer Crime Unit, the Central Directorate of Technical and Scientific Police and the Special Units (…) The outcome of this investigation also falls to the investigating judge and the federal prosecutor under whose aegis we have artwork tirelessly”, he concluded.

 
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