The Amsterdam city council will launch a campaign against the possession of weapons in the city by the end of this year. The campaign 'Amsterdam disarmed' will start in Zuidoost, and then be extended to other parts of the city, the city council announced during a meeting in Zuidoost on Thursday, Het Parool reports.
Hundreds of police officers in the Traffic Accident Analysis and Forensic Detection departments will no longer carry guns as of January 1st, 2019, the Telegraaf reports based on sources within the police.
A police chief told the newspaper that most of the people in these two departments already don't carry a weapon out of their own choice. "They chose a specialty where that is not necessary; and moreover we have many people from outside of the police who never carried a weapon."
The police corps leadership and the police central works council are meeting on Tuesday to discuss unrest and dissatisfaction among police officers about a plan to disarm some of them. The National Police plans to disarm a significant part of the nearly 200 traffic officers, the Telegraaf reports based on a confidential intranet document the newspaper managed to get hold of.