After the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in front of his Amsterdam home last week, the city is offering extra security to a large number of people. Many also connected to the case around alleged drug gang leader Ridouan Taghi. This extra security is necessary, but comes at the expense of Amsterdam's police capacity, mayor Femke Halsema and Jan Pronker of the Amsterdam police said in a city council debate on Thursday.
The Amsterdam municipality, police and prosecutor are expanding the city's Top 600 list - used to curb young criminals - to include drug criminals and perpetrators of excessive violence. The impact of drug trafficking on public life is increasing in Amsterdam neighborhoods, said Mayor Femke Halsema, NOS reports.
The National Police plans to impose financial sanctions on a dozen high-ranking police officers and former police officers for dereliction of duty. The officers in question regularly accepted concert- and football tickets from former Amsterdam police commissioner Ad Smit, who was dismissed earlier this year for the misappropriation of police funds, NRC reports.
From today Amsterdam police officers will be equipped with bodycams in a test run that will last two years. Every police officer in the so-called base teams will be allowed to wear a bodycam during his or her shift. The intention is to see if bodycams reduce the number of violent incidents, but many are concerned about the privacy implications, RTL Nieuws reports.
Previous bodycam studies showed that people who know they are being recorded, are less likely to use violence. This test in the Amsterdam police is intended to see whether this really is the case.
Amsterdam still does not have a well-trained, well-equipped counterterrorism unit, despite the fact that the Dutch capital seems to be at greatest risk of an attack, Het Parool reports based on information from insiders.