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.
Experts are worried that cutbacks in forensic investigations will have a negative effect on crime solving, NOS reports. Employees of the NFI gave the same warning last month.
The TV program Editie NL managed to purchase a Kalashnikov without much difficulty.
The police fired on a man who was waving two large meat knives near the Groningen Museum in Groningen on Sunday. According to a police spokesperson, the man tried to stab bystanders. The man fled when officers approached him.
"Aid workers such as police officers must not bear the brunt of out of control misconduct. Colleagues who are nevertheless confronted with violence can count on maximum support from the organization." said Chief Constable Gerard Bouman of the National Police regarding the rising trend of violence against officers during the turning of the year.
Because more and more people report crimes over the internet, about half of all full-fledged police stations will close in the next ten years.
The police are going to tip off banks and other mortgage lenders if they find dangerous illegal fireworks in a home that could wreak extreme damage to the property. This is according to Ad Niewdorp, fireworks expert at the National police.
After receiving complaints, the National Police has launched an investigation into the behavior of their agents during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March.
Investigative journalist Brenno de Winter, who last month was suspected of planning to infiltrate government computer systems, is seeing himself as pressured to take matters to court. He cancelled a meeting with the National Police on Monday as he was not allowed to bring his lawyer, ThePostOnline reports.
police suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than was previously expected.
Two mayors from Brabant are sounding the alarm over a failing approach of drug crime in smaller municipalities in Brabant.
A culture of fear has developed among police, because officers who speak up against mismanagement are disciplined.
A policeman who shot a colleague, in February, on the A50 at the junction Hattemerbroek, is therefore not prosecuted. The policeman saw a silhouette of a man with a gun drawn and thought this was the armed suspect.
Since there were other agents in the firing line of the silhouette, the cop thought that they were in immediate danger. So he aimed and shot, announced the Public Prosecutor (OM). The National Police investigated the shooting incident. The shot policeman was seriously injured.
The National Police must give permission to producer Four One Media to use police uniforms and cars in the TV series Doctor Tinus. This was ruled by the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday in the lawsuit that was filed by TV producers.
The National Police are lately trying to improve their image. As a result, they have tightened permissions to use their logo, uniforms and cars. Those can only be used if they add to the positive image of the National Police, according to the new guidelines.