The municipality of Enschede signed an agreement with drone maker DJI in which DJI will train firefighters and paramedics in flying drones. Drones are expected to one day play a big role in emergency situations, and this agreement is intended to make sure that Dutch emergency workers are able to use them, RTL Z reports.
The fundamental rights of Volkert van der Graaf, convicted murderer of politician Pim Fortuyn, were violated when personal information about him leaked to the public just before his release in 2014, the National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen concluded in a complaint filed by Van der Graaf, the Volkskrant reports.
According to the newspaper, an anonymized version of the report can be found on the Ombudsman's website. "The applicant was imprisoned for a criminal offense which received a lot of media attention" the Ombudsman's report states.
The approach to fighting contraband in Dutch prisons is not effective enough, according to a report by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice. Prison staff don't have enough time and find it increasingly difficult to keep contraband like drugs and cellphones outside prison walls, the Inspectorate concludes, ANP reports.
The Inspectorate investigated seven prisons. The researchers concluded that prison staff are actively involved in counteracting contraband smuggling and there is no suggestion of a free trafficking market. But improvements are necessary.
The safety of Dutch prisons can no longer be guaranteed due to staff shortages, according to a letter by the Dutch service for custodial institutions DJI. The workload is too high, and that poses risks for both inmates and staff, according to the letter. Without intervention, there will be more violent incidents and more suicides, the DJI warns, ANP reports
The DJI's central works council addressed the letter to Edith Schippers, who is leading the negotiations on the formation of the new Dutch government, the leaders of the Dutch political parties and the director of the DJI.
Experts are warning the Dutch police against using drones by the Chinese brand DJI. The company is still in talks with the Chinese government about sharing data captured by the drones, so there is no way of knowing where the data will end up, they said to BNR.
State secretary for Security and Justice has approved a scheme that would see inmates construct their own doors in the new prison in Zaanstad.