Non-existent supervision on police expenses from the police leadership and the Ministry of Security and Justice was one of the main factors that resulted in exorbitant spending by the National Police's Central Works Council (CWC), a committee led by Maarten Ruys concluded. For years the police leadership acted "insufficiently" against overruns on the CWC's budget, ANP reports.
The National Police leadership knew about the Central Works Council's excessive spending for years, but allowed it to happen, AD reported on Monday based on confidential documents the newspaper got hold of.
Gerard Bouman, former chief of the National Police, passed away on Monday at the age of 64, his family announced. According to a statement from the family, Bouman never regained consciousness after suffering a severe heart attack while on vacation in the United States in June.
Bouman's family asked the media to respect their privacy in this time. "We want to guide Gerard calmly and peacefully to his last resting place."
Gerard Bouman, the former chief of the National Police, suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the United States. The 64-year-old man is currently in an American hospital, the police announced on Sunday. Bouman's condition is unclear, but his daughter is with him, a police source said to newspaper AD.
Current National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said that he is shocked by the news and wished Bouman and his family strength. Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice expressed similar sentiments.
Former Chief of the National Police Gerard Bouman guaranteed eight police officers their jobs even if they were convicted of a crime, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice wrote to parliament on Monday. This included five police officers involved in the death-in-custody of Mitch Henriquez in The Hague in 2015 and three from previous cases in 2010, 2012 and 2013, NU.nl reports.
In 2009 and 2010 intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders' contacts in Israel, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. The AIVD was concerned about Wilders' loyalty and that he was possibly being influenced by Israel, according to the newspaper.
A third investigation was launched into the spending habits of the National Police's Central Works Council (CWC). This one focuses on one of the now resigned council's members, ANP reports.
Former police chief Gerard Bouman is stepping down as adviser to the National Police while the investigation into his role in the expense irregularities of the police's Central Works Council is ongoing. This decision was made in consultation with Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice, sources in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Telegraaf.
The members of the police's Central Works Council (CWC) resigned on Monday night following an investigation that showed that they wasted considerable sums of money from the CWC budget, ANP reports.
The investigation revealed that a large part of the CWC's 1.6 million euro budget was spent on dinners ,parties, nights in hotels with champagne breakfast and hiring image coaches, among other things.
The role former Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten played in majore irregularities in the National Police Central Work Council's expenses should also be a subject of investigation, according to opposition parties SP, CDA, PVV, D66 and ChristenUnie, NOS reports.
The parties also want former Police Chief Gerard Bouman to be suspended immediately and want him to not play any roll with the police until the investigation against him is done. Bouman is currently an adviser for the police.
The case surrounding exorbitant spending by the police's Central Works Council can partly be attributed to solo actioins of former chairman Frank Giltay and partly to failed supervision, Chief of Police Erik Akerboom said during a press conference on Tuesday. According to him, the other members of the CWC did not dare contradict Giltay, who resigned after an investigation was launched into the council's expenses, NOS reports.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is expected to announce an independent investigation into former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman on Wednesday, NRC reports. The investigation will focus on whether Bouman played a roll in the irregularities in the police's Central Works Council's spending.
Gerard Bouman, former Chief of the National Police, is under an investigation aimed at finding out whether he was involved in expense irregularities in the police's central works council (CWC), the Gelderlander repoprts based on information from insiders.
Police chef Gerard Bouman promised the five police officers involved in Mitch Henriquez' death in custody that they will not loose their jobs, NRC reports based on confidential correspondence in its possession.
Six top police officers still earned more than a minister last year. This is a significant improvement compared to 2014, when 20 police officers earned more than a minister's annual salary of 178 thousand euros.
Erik Akerboom, senior official at the Ministry of Defense, is the preferred candidate for the new Chief of the National Police. The selection committee, consisting of representatives from the police and the Ministry of Security and Justice, consider him the best candidate. The police's central works council discussed the matter with him this week and came to an agreement for his appointment
A terrorist attack in the Netherlands is a question of when, not if, according to National Police Chief Gerard Bouman. "I am convinced that one is on the way", the departing police chief said
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.
People in the Netherlands reported 4,092 cases of racism, extremism and anti-Semitism to the police in all of 2014, an increase of 26 percent compared to a year earlier. Though total incidents fell by over four percent, racial abuse cases jumped by 26 percent to 2,764.
National Police Chief Gerard Bouman promises strict action against any police officer caught discriminating against asylum seekers. "If you're going to differentiate according to religion, race, or whether someone is a refugee or not, then there is no place for you in this corps", the police chief said
Mark M., the police officer suspected of leaking confidential information to criminals, leaked criminal investigation information to people suspected of being involved in organized cannabis cultvation in Limburg and Brabant. This resulted in the investigation hitting a dead end
Another top official in the National Police has announced his resignation. On Thursday Eric Stolwijk, director of Communications, announced that he will be stepping down as of January 1st next year.
The Netherlands national police superintendent, Gerard Bouman, has announced this intention to resign his position effective February 1, 2016. In his time as Chief, Bouman was entrusted with the mammoth centralised re-organisation task of converting 26 regional police forces into one unified National Police Force.