The National Police are very concerned about the large amounts of cocaine coming to the Netherlands. In the past 10 months the Dutch authorities seized over 30 thousand kilos of cocaine in the country.
Six top police officers still earned more than a minister last year. This is a significant improvement compared to 2014, when 20 police officers earned more than a minister's annual salary of 178 thousand euros.
The National Police's budget had a "worrisome" deficit of a massive 72 million euros in 2015, according to the police's annual report
The National Police is getting an additional 188 million euros in its budget this year
A mistake in the new police uniforms, introduced in 2014, means that officers can stumble over their own batons. A court recently ruled that the police have to pay one officer's medical bills after she was injured in this way
Police officers working at the Safety and Security department are complaining about a too high workload, uncaring superiors and a "culture of fear", according to police union NPB.
The National Police has had enough of motorcycle gangs like the Hell's Angels, Mongols, No Surrender, Satudarah and Bandidos. They should be banned as soon as possible, Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw said in an interview with the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
The police are concerned about the growing availability and range of "hacking software" - software used to commit cybercrime. This software is easily and readily available, Rob van Bree of the National Police's cybercrime division, said in an interview with the Telegraaf.
The mayors of ten large cities are calling on the government to make sure the National Police has enough money for their preventive approach in neighborhoods to stop radicalization in young people. In an opinion piece in the Volkskrant on Thursday they write that the police "squeaks and creaks" and something needs to be done.
The police will need between 250 million and 300 million euros extra to finish the reorganization into the National Police, according to a report accounting firm PWC sent to Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice
Due to a shortage of police personnel, drug traffickers have free reign along the Zeeland coast, according to Jaap Gelok, chairman of the port triangle in Zeeland and Mayor of Borsele.
Seven percent of police personnel stayed home sick on an average day in 2015, according to figures from the police's central works council. That comes down to between 4,500 and 4,600 police employees sick per day
Fewer Dutch people became the victims of crime in 2015. Last year 17.6 percent of the Netherlands' population was a victim of crime, compared to 18.9 percent in 2014. The crime rate was the worst in Amsterdam and the best in Emmen, according to the Safety Monitor 2015.
The Netherlands police plan to use eagles and other birds of prey to catch drones from the air. Falconers are baffled by this plan, calling it nonsensical and dangerous
Closing 200 police stations will lead to slower response times and will compromise regular police work on the streets. This is because it will take officers significantly longer to take an arrested suspect to a police station or detention center, The Security and Justice Inspectorate warns in a report sent to the lower house of parliament this week
For the first time in Dutch history, police officers are allowed to patrol shopping malls, railway stations and other public places with machine guns. "Partly in response to the terrorist attacks with automatic firearms in France, the police decided to accelerate the training of marksmen and expand the deployment criteria of the monitoring units", a police spokesperson said
The police are deploying four "Flexible Intervention Teams" from Friday to patrol the borders of the Netherlands and around asylum centers with the goal of catching human traffickers in the act
There are concrete indications that sex traffickers are requiting young women into prostitution around the asylum centers in the Netherlands
Erik Akerboom, senior official at the Ministry of Defense, is the preferred candidate for the new Chief of the National Police. The selection committee, consisting of representatives from the police and the Ministry of Security and Justice, consider him the best candidate. The police's central works council discussed the matter with him this week and came to an agreement for his appointment
A 36 year old Hungarian truck driver was arrested in Venlo on Tuesday after seven Iraqi stowaways was found hiding in his truck, the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force working as part of the military - announced on Wednesday.
A terrorist attack in the Netherlands is a question of when, not if, according to National Police Chief Gerard Bouman. "I am convinced that one is on the way", the departing police chief said
At least 15 police officers were caught leaking information to criminals between 2012 and 2014. Ten of them were dismissed. The other five were given a conditional discharge due to extenuating circumstances
National Police Chief Gerard Bouman promises strict action against any police officer caught discriminating against asylum seekers. "If you're going to differentiate according to religion, race, or whether someone is a refugee or not, then there is no place for you in this corps", the police chief said
Mark M., the police officer suspected of leaking confidential information to criminals, leaked criminal investigation information to people suspected of being involved in organized cannabis cultvation in Limburg and Brabant. This resulted in the investigation hitting a dead end