Of the 700 aspiring police officers who signed up at the Police Academy this year, 25 percent have a non-Western background - double compared to 2015, Peter Slort, head of diversity at the National Police, told the Volkskrant. The new figures match the police's goal to become more ethnically diverse. Currently only 7 percent of Dutch police officers have an immigration background, according to the newspaper.
Since the establishment of the National Police in 2013, some 3 thousand police officers were placed on long-term sick leave and are now sitting at home with hardly any contact with their employer, Jan Struis, chairman of Dutch police union NPB, said on EenVandaag on Thursday. According to him, many of these cops were put on sick leave after expressing criticism about the police, ANP reports.
From now until the end of August the water police will not issue any fines along the Dutch coast and on the inland bodies of water that fall under the National Unit. This is part of intensified labor actions in an ongoing conflict with the police's corps leadership, NOS reports.
Dutch police officers want more training in arrest techniques and self-defense, as well as more shooting lessons, police union ACP said to newspaper AD.
Each police officer must undergo at least 32 hours of training per year. But due to a shortage of teachers, around half of the cops in the Netherlands don't get there, according to the union.
Politicians, police and police unions responded with indignation to news that cocaine trafficker Cetin G. disappeared without a trace. He cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding in December. Why was this man, on trial and then convicted for trafficking 15 thousand kilos of cocaine, only being guarded by an ankle monitor, they want to know.
Police union ACP is worried that some of the neighborhood watch groups in the Netherlands are taking on a threatening gang-like character, vice president Erwin Koenen said to ANP. Using violence is the "monopoly of the police", and such groups undermine that, he said.
The police are facing shortages in people, resources and capabilities, making it impossible for them to do their jobs, according to police union ACP. And police officers have no more confidence that politicians will be able to tackle these problems, the union determined ina survey among 1,700 police officers, ANP reports.
The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".
The police are in desperate need of more money, according to police union ACP and Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen. There is already a massive shortage of community officers, and that shortage will only increase, they said to the Telegraaf.
The police arrested multiple people in the Zaandam neighborhood of Poelenburg on Monday night. The exact number of arrests are unclear, as are reason they were arrested. The Volkskrant reports that four troublemakers were arrested. According to the Twitter account of police officer Mike Koenekoop, 8 arrests were made.
Police officers in the Netherlands are calling for more customization in their duties as part of a so-called base team. They feel that these base teams are too large and that they have too many managers, and that this comes at the expense of contact between officers and citizens, according to the report Police and Science, published on Monday
There are serious flaws in Europe's policy in admitting asylum seekers and it is the police forces that suffer from it, according to the European Police Union (EPU). Police forces in the Netherlands, Balkans and Germany are understaffed and ill-equipped to process and screen the large number of asylum seekers flowing through the EU, the union concludes in a survey of police officers
A mistake in the new police uniforms, introduced in 2014, means that officers can stumble over their own batons. A court recently ruled that the police have to pay one officer's medical bills after she was injured in this way
The police's Special Intervention Service, the counterterrorism unit, lost confidence in the police leadership. They are overworked and feel that money reserved for the unit is never invested in it, the Telegraaf reported on Friday. Police chief Erik Akkerboom will visit the National Unit on Friday to investigate these claims.
There are serious doubts about the reliability of the police's new mobile speed trap cameras, according to police union ACP. Officers are concerned about high numbers of wrong speed measurements, especially with large vehicles and buses which are regularly flashed driving at improbably high speeds. The union is therefore calling that the use of these speed trap cameras be suspended until a solution is found
The police rarely act against people lighting fireworks outside the legally permitted lighting times between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve, according to figures newspaper AD got from the Central Collection Agency.
After months of police protests and demonstrations, the police unions and the Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice finally reached a new collective bargaining agreement. Police employees will get between 6.5 and 6.7 percent increase in total over 2015, 2016 and 2017 and two windfalls of 500 euros, union ACP announced.
To avoid a security crisis and effectively fight terrorism, the police will need 1,500 extra officers and heavier weapons in the short term, according to police union ACP. With the current capacity and armament, the police won't be able to cope against terrorists.
The police protests for a better collective bargaining agreement has cost the treasury at least 70 million euros in uncollected fines. For nearly eight months, police officers have only been writing fines for serious offenses. The decrease can clearly be seen in fines issued for "souped-up" mopeds and scooters, which is down 75 percent.
The police unions and the Ministry of Security and Justice have restarted negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for the police after a stalemate that lasted months. The unions have agreed to stop all labor actions during the negotiations.
The VVD and D66 feel that the police made a grave mistake in the case surrounding nurse Linda van der Giesen, who was murdered at the Tweesteden hospital in Waalwijk on Monday.
The police unions are calling on police officers to only respond to urgent, life threatening calls on Monday in another effort to pressure Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice into a better collective bargaining agreement for the police.
Police officers who were involved in shooting incidents should henceforth immediately be considered a suspect, Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of police union ACP, told NOS on Thursday.
One in five reported crimes are never investigated by the police, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday based on their own research. Members of parliament are shocked. The CDA wants a debate on the issue.