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.
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.