The managing director of the Netherlands Forensic Institute lost a no-confidence vote held by the board after just 13 months on the job. The board chose to release news of the on Reinout Woittiez the same day an internal memo between the NFI, police department and public prosecutor was leaked, criticizing the Dutch cabinet's plans to cut the forensic team's budget by 13 percent.
Cuts to the budget for forensic investigation work is dramatic to the point it may hamper future criminal investigations, and defeat the government’s efforts on security, warns the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), the police department and the Public Prosecutor in an internal memo acquired by newswire ANP. It is not the first time law enforcement raised concerns about a 13 percent cut to the NFI budget, which will cost nearly 80 jobs.
The National Police and marechaussee, a police force that works as a branch of the military, have established a new team to help with the increasing number of refugees in the Netherlands.
The police have seized nearly as many firearms in Amsterdam so far this year, than over the whole of 2014.
The safety of the Dutch society and police officers themselves will be put in danger if any further cuts are made to the National Police. More cutbacks will make a number of police activities impossible to perform.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will stick to his plan surrounding the reorganization to the National Police, despite upset and concerns in the Tweede Kamer. He is convinced that the transformation will run better now that it has two extra years and and extra money to do so.
There is a shortage of highly trained officers in the Dutch police force, with only an average of 15 percent of officers being trained on university level. For the past 10 years, the police leadership has been trying to boost the education level in the corps, but so far without much success.
Motorcycle club Veterans is in the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday to demand that National Police Chief Gerard Bouman be prosecuted for wrongly labeling the club as a criminal organization.
The reorganization of the National Police is 230 million euros over budget, bringing the total costs up to nearly half a billion euros.
Two thirds of police officers want mayors to have more control over policing in their cities. According to them, mayors have a better view on where the police can be deployed to be most effective.
Sint Maarten Minister Dennis Richardson is heading to the Netherlands next week for emergency talks with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice about the organized crime on the island.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security injustice has asked the Inspectorate of his ministry to investigate the chokehold sometimes used by police officers to bring suspects under control. A spokesperson for the minister confirmed this after The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen mentioned it during a debate in the Hague city council, NU reports.
The police in the Hague sympathize with Mitch Henriquez' family and friends after he died in police custody on Sunday. "I understand their grief and anger and their call for an independent investigation", Paul Entken, deputy chief of the Police Unit The Hague, said in a statement.
Large parts of the Netherlands have a shortage of community police officers. Zuid- and Oost-Nederland in particular are still failing to meet the standard of one police officer per 5 thousand residents
The Electorale Volksbeweging, the opposition party in Aruba, has written a letter to the Dutch government in which they demand a "thorough investigation" into the death of 42 year old Aruban Mitch Henriquez after he was arrested at a festival in The Hague on Saturday.
Pro-Russion separatists in eastern Ukraine have denied Dutch investigators access to Luhansk area, the Pubic Prosecutor announced on Saturday. The investigators needed to do technical research into cell towers and the telephone network in the area as part of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17.
A 42 year old man from Aruba died on Sunday night in a hospital in The Hague after becoming unwell following a violent arrest. The police have launched an investigation into the matter.
A number of experts from the National Police and Defense launched a new mission in Eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. This investigation is aimed at gathering evidence in support or rejection of he different scenarios on what caused the disaster with flight MH17.
The National Police are dealing with financial problems that are even bigger than has been recognized up until now. The force management are therefore planning to drastically change course, with measures including giving mayors more power in the police.
The Special Intervention Service, which is used to deal with terrorists threats, is struggling with a sever staff shortage. The service currently has dozens of open vacancies, especially for members of SWAT teams, military police, snipers and marines, AD reports.
Nearly half of burglary victims now sleep with a bat, knife, pepper spray or even a gun next to their bed.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, rejected National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's proposal to be more flexible when it comes to new police officers that are of ethnic minorities and decided that the language test for prospective officers will remain a requirement, De Telegraaf reports.
Police chief Gerard Bouman wants 25 percent of the new police officers hired to be from a multicultural background. "It is not an aim, it's a must." the chief of the National Police said in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, yesterday, NU reports.
The Dutch police is not at all able to combat serious crime effectively, according to former detective Michiel Princen. He says that there is "a lack of intelligence" in the detective force, NRC reports.