After a mass shooting in a tram in Utrecht on March 18th, the police responded quickly and effectively and acted according to prepared plans and protocols, according to an evaluation by an internal committee on the handling of the shooting. While the committee largely praised the police's actions, it concluded that there is room for improvement - especially when it comes to information exchange during crisis communication.
Official figures released by police in the Netherlands showed that officers were assaulted 59 times during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day earlier this week. That number is more than double the 27 incidents reported a year ago.
"Apparently, a group thinks it's normal to misbehave, and lob fireworks at police officers and aid workers," Deputy Police Chief Henk van Essen said in a statement. "I find it incomprehensible that people assail those who take care of safety during, what should be, the biggest party of the year."
Dutch police officers are en masse expressing sympathy and praise for French officer Arnaud Beltrame, who gave his life to save a cashier during a hostage situation at a supermarket in Trebes on Friday, AD reports.
"Respect and sympathy for our French colleague's family", National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said on Twitter.
The modernization of the Criminal Procedure Code will cost police officers more time working on administration, and that comes at the expense of other important tasks like investigation, two police higher ups warned in the Volkskrant on Tuesday.
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".