Police forces in the large Dutch cities are facing major staff shortages, which result in crime reports being left unattended and common crimes happening with no intervention. Spokespersons for the Amsterdam and Rotterdam police raised their concerns while speaking to newspaper AD, adding that it is not only the provinces that are in trouble.
The Amsterdam police is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear a headscarf, of hijab, in an attempt to recruit more minorities, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to newspaper AD.
In 2011 the police's national code of conduct was adjusted to state that symbols of belief - such as a crucifix, headscarf or yarmulke - can not be worn with the police uniform. Visible tattoos and piercings are also banned. "But I see that this is shifting", Aalbersberg said to the newspaper. "We now allow tattoos on the arms, a few years ago that was still unthinkable."
The number of fines for minor speeding violations - driving between 1 and 5 kilometers above the speed limit - increased significantly in 2016. Last year 3.1 million fines were issued for minor speeding violations, compared to 2.4 million in 2014, AD reports based on figures received through the Freedom of Information Act. That is an increase of 31 percent.
The National Police is recalling 300 of its new cars due to problems with the automatic brake system. The system performs its function admirably - automatically slowing a car down when there is a risk of a collision - but makes high-speed chases in pursuit of criminals impossible
The police shot a 41 year old man on the street in Eindhoven on Saturday afternoon. The suspect, Rupert L., was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. According to police union ANPV, the officer acted in self-defense.
Twenty police officials earned higher salaries than the Security and Justice Minister in 2014. The biggest earner was Bernard Welten. He earned 258,994 euros, the Justice Minister earned 177,410 euros, Dutch newspaper AD reports based on information received through the Freedom of Information Act.
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.
Nijmegen Mayor Hubert Bruls is calling on the government to deploy the army to assist the police in the collection and guidance of asylum seekers and to provide support with the protection of reception centers.
The Dutch police should follow the example of their Belgian colleagues and equip officers with so-called less-lethal-weapons. This weapon should be in addition to the existing firearm.
Police officers using chokeholds on suspects has caused at least one more death, according to lawyer Gerald Roethof in the television program EenVandaag.
On Saturday police union ACP gave minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) time until yesterday Sunday 18:00 to come up with "convincing commitments" for new police collective bargaining agreements, NU reports. If this doesn't happen, the police will turn to collective actions.
A culture of fear has developed among police, because officers who speak up against mismanagement are disciplined.