Amsterdam is taking drastic measures in an attempt to cope with capacity problems at the police. A number of specialized police teams will be disbanded, so that more attention can be paid to basic police work, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council.
In the police units where the use of tasers is being tested, police officers made use of this weapon 76 times between February and August this year. In most of these incidents, the police officer did not actually have to shock anyone - threatening with the taser already had the desired effect, the police said in a statement.
An increasing number of young people in Amsterdam carry a knife with them, make threatening videos with it, and actually use it on the street, and that is very concerning, Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw said to AT5.
"You can see it is getting out of hand", Paauw said to the Amsterdam broadcaster "Sometimes you see young people under 15 who are already walking around with a knife. The possession of weapons the carrying of knives, is becoming commonplace."
While not all the violent incidents in Amsterdam Zuidoost over the past weeks can be linked, there is a common thread, Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw and mayor Femke Halsema said in a city council debate on Thursday. More than conventional measures will be needed to tackle the violence in the district, Halsema said, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam police will investigate how information about the arrest of mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son leaked to newspaper De Telegraaf. The investigation will be conducted by the Security, Integrity and Complaints Office of the Amsterdam police unit, AD reports.
Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw will succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam. The documents for Paauw's appointment are already at the Ministry of Justice and Security and only the final formalities are required, multiple sources at both the Rotterdam and Amsterdam police and the police's Central Works Council confirmed to Het Parool.
The expectation is that Paauw will start in Amsterdam in April, though that has not yet been confirmed.
Last year the Rijksrecherche launched investigations into 27 incidents in which police officers shot at a suspect during their work. In these incidents three people were killed and 26 were injured, according to figures the Public Prosecutor released.
Current Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is the top candidate to succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam, well informed sources told Het Parool. Aalbersberg is stepping down as Amsterdam police chief to become the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security.
Paauw has been chief of the Rotterdam Rijnmond police since 2010. Before that he was deputy chief at the Haaglanden department, where he started his career as a detective in 1986.
Two men were arrested in Rotterdam on June 17th on suspicion of planning attacks in the Netherlands and France, the Public Prosecutor announced on Monday. The suspects are 22 and 27 years old, and both of Moroccan nationality. They were arrested based on information from intelligence agency AIVD, the Prosecutor said.
National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants a mental health worker available in every neighborhood in the Netherlands. The police increasingly have to respond to emergency situations involving people with mental health problems, and this can be avoided if they get the help they need before things get out of hand, he said in an interview with newspaper AD.
Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is very concerned about the increasing number of incidents involving mentally disturbed people. This year the Rotterdam police dealt with 8,200 such incidents, compared to 7 thousand in 2016. "Disturbed people kill more people than terrorism", Paauw said during a press conference about the Rotterdam Police's year, NU.nl reports.
Between 140 thousand and 150 thousand supporters filled the streets of Rotterdam city center on Monday to honor Feyenoord and congratulate the team on its Eredivisie victory. The players appeared on the city hall balcony shortly after noon and joined the thousands of supporters singing You'll Never Walk Alone, led by Lee Powers, NOS reports.
Football hooligans arrange to fight each other in the countryside or forested areas on a regular basis, Nieuwsuur reported on Sunday. Hardcore fans of, among others, Feyenoord, Fortuna Sittard and Standard Liege held dozens of these free-fights in recent years, according to the news program.
The National Police has had enough of motorcycle gangs like the Hell's Angels, Mongols, No Surrender, Satudarah and Bandidos. They should be banned as soon as possible, Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw said in an interview with the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
An information evening in Rotterdam about plans to open an asylum center in the neighborhood Beverwaard on Thursday night, ended with three people arrested for throwing stones at police officers and destroying squad cars.
Rotterdam's approach to high impact crimes, crimes that have a major impact on their victims' lives, is proving to be effective. Both the number these crimes, such as robberies and burglaries, and the number of repeat offenses showed a significant decrease in 2014.