Eric Stolwijk (Photo: Twitter/@Ericstolwijk) - Credit: Eric Stolwijk (Photo: Twitter/@Ericstolwijk)
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 13:29
Police communications boss latest leader to resign
Another top official in the National Police has announced his resignation. On Thursday Eric Stolwijk, director of Communications, announced that he will be stepping down as of January 1st next year. Stolwijk stated that his decision to resign was very much related to National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's resignation, which was announced last week. Bouman will be stepping down effective February 1st next year. "In the past 11.5 years we have worked together intensively in the corps Haaglanden, the AIVD and the last 4.5 years in the formation of a nationally organized police. This of course creates a special connection." he said on the police website. He will be looking for a new job outside the Corps. Another reason for Stolwijk's resignation is to give Bouman's successor the opportunity to select a Communications Director with whom he or she can build a similar relationship to the one he and Bouman has. He believes that mutual understanding and trust are essential for effective cooperation. In a reaction Bouman stated that he regrets Stolwijk's decision, both as man and police chief. "Especially because his decision is interwoven with my departure. I have to say goodbye to a Communications Director with whom I have been working for years. At the same time I fully understand and respect his step." he said. "Eric Stolwijk has put down a fantastic performance in the interest of the police. The corps owes him much gratitude for that. I myself am very grateful."