Michel Goovaerts joined the municipal police of Brussels in 1984 and has therefore served all his career with the police force, which he took charge of on January 1, 2017. Holder of a degree in Criminology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which he obtained during his career in the police force, he then rose through the ranks until he became Chief of Police in 2001. Due to his various functions in all pillars of the zone and in many of its services, he gradually knows the police zone like the back of his hand, always with one goal in mind: to continuously improve police operations. He was in charge of the motorcyclist squad, the Interventions Directorate, became district chief for all districts, was successively head of the General Functional Directorate and the General Directorate of Policy, before becoming Deputy Chief of Cabinet (for Police Affairs) of the Cabinet of the Interior in 2012 – his only ‘trip’ outside PolBru. Following this political interlude, in 2014 he took on the position of General Operations Director in his own right, overseeing all of the Corps’ central services, becoming his number two. In addition to these various mandates, he was also a teacher and member of various commissions and he distinguished two international missions, the first with the National Police of Burundi and the second with the National Police of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to being chief of police, he is also vice-chairman of the Permanent Commission of the Local Police (VCLP) for the Brussels-Capital Region.