Police officers are struggling with a massive workload due to increasing duties and a growing staff shortage, police unions ACP, NPB, VMHP and ANPV warned at a press conference in The Hague on Thursday. They call on the Justice Minister, the police leadership, mayors, and the Public Prosecution Service to pick which crimes will get priority in the coming year, because the police "can't do everything", NOS reports.
The access control systems at police stations in the Netherlands are "super vulnerable" - access passes can easily be copied, sources told newspaper AD.
In this way malicious parties can gain access to offices where police firearms are stored, evidence rooms, or even locker rooms where police uniforms are kept, according to the newspaper. Uniforms were previously stolen during a burglary at a police station in Haren. "It is super vulnerable", a source said to AD. "And that at a time when we know that criminal organizations want to frustrate the police."
The police unions, the Ministry of Justice and Security and the National Police Chief reached a new collective bargaining agreement for the police on Friday. All labor actions by the police are scrapped, sources said to NOS.
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is turning to court to try and stop planned labor actions by the police. The police unions called on officers to only respond to emergencies this weekend, and not perform any of their other duties. According to the Minister, this will jeopardize safety, NU.nl reports.
The police unions are willing to restart collective bargaining agreement talks with Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security. But to keep the pressure on the Minister, police officers will start a series of protest actions, the unions announced on Tuesday after talking with their members, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police have too little manpower to check all signals about illegal fireworks, according to Gerrit van de Kamp of police union ACP. There are simply not enough police officers to go check every address where illegal fireworks are suspected, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police are intensively searching for illegal fireworks providers and buyers, but they can't keep up. "That stuff is traded across the entire country", Van der Kamp said. "The police want to check all suspicions, but the amount of work is too great."
Police union ACP is calling for more transparency on the costs involved in police deployment to demonstrations. "Our plea is that the police will show how many demonstrations there are a year and what the costs of these demonstrations are", union chairman Gerrit van de Kamp said to RTL Nieuws.
Since the establishment of the National Police in 2013, some 3 thousand police officers were placed on long-term sick leave and are now sitting at home with hardly any contact with their employer, Jan Struis, chairman of Dutch police union NPB, said on EenVandaag on Thursday. According to him, many of these cops were put on sick leave after expressing criticism about the police, ANP reports.
Dutch police officers want more training in arrest techniques and self-defense, as well as more shooting lessons, police union ACP said to newspaper AD.
Each police officer must undergo at least 32 hours of training per year. But due to a shortage of teachers, around half of the cops in the Netherlands don't get there, according to the union.
The police are facing shortages in people, resources and capabilities, making it impossible for them to do their jobs, according to police union ACP. And police officers have no more confidence that politicians will be able to tackle these problems, the union determined ina survey among 1,700 police officers, ANP reports.
The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".
The police arrested multiple people in the Zaandam neighborhood of Poelenburg on Monday night. The exact number of arrests are unclear, as are reason they were arrested. The Volkskrant reports that four troublemakers were arrested. According to the Twitter account of police officer Mike Koenekoop, 8 arrests were made.
There are serious flaws in Europe's policy in admitting asylum seekers and it is the police forces that suffer from it, according to the European Police Union (EPU). Police forces in the Netherlands, Balkans and Germany are understaffed and ill-equipped to process and screen the large number of asylum seekers flowing through the EU, the union concludes in a survey of police officers
The police's Special Intervention Service, the counterterrorism unit, lost confidence in the police leadership. They are overworked and feel that money reserved for the unit is never invested in it, the Telegraaf reported on Friday. Police chief Erik Akkerboom will visit the National Unit on Friday to investigate these claims.
There are serious doubts about the reliability of the police's new mobile speed trap cameras, according to police union ACP. Officers are concerned about high numbers of wrong speed measurements, especially with large vehicles and buses which are regularly flashed driving at improbably high speeds. The union is therefore calling that the use of these speed trap cameras be suspended until a solution is found
The police rarely act against people lighting fireworks outside the legally permitted lighting times between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve, according to figures newspaper AD got from the Central Collection Agency.
To avoid a security crisis and effectively fight terrorism, the police will need 1,500 extra officers and heavier weapons in the short term, according to police union ACP. With the current capacity and armament, the police won't be able to cope against terrorists.
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.
The police unions and the Ministry of Security and Justice have restarted negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for the police after a stalemate that lasted months. The unions have agreed to stop all labor actions during the negotiations.
The VVD and D66 feel that the police made a grave mistake in the case surrounding nurse Linda van der Giesen, who was murdered at the Tweesteden hospital in Waalwijk on Monday.
Police officers who were involved in shooting incidents should henceforth immediately be considered a suspect, Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of police union ACP, told NOS on Thursday.
One in five reported crimes are never investigated by the police, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday based on their own research. Members of parliament are shocked. The CDA wants a debate on the issue.
New legislation is necessary to address the disturbances caused by motorcycle gangs in Limburg, according to police union ACP.
The police unions have threatened to use heavier means of pressure if the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, doesn't make extra money available for better a collective bargaining agreement. According to Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of the police union ACP, one of those means may have consequences for clubbers.