The Amsterdam police launched an investigation int racist and discriminatory comments on social media during and after the television broadcast of the commemoration for the abolition of slavery on July 1st, NOS reports.
Police forces in the large Dutch cities are facing major staff shortages, which result in crime reports being left unattended and common crimes happening with no intervention. Spokespersons for the Amsterdam and Rotterdam police raised their concerns while speaking to newspaper AD, adding that it is not only the provinces that are in trouble.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is visiting all the stations and officers under his command this week to talk about his proposal to allow headscarves with the police uniform. He hopes to soothe tempers and regain support, AD reports.
The Amsterdam top cop cleared his schedule until Thursday so that he can visit all police teams in the Dutch capital. In 15 sessions of 1.5 hours he will talk to officers and address the fierce criticism that arose after he made the headscarf suggestion.
Police across the Netherlands are still struggling with their vehicles' navigation system, according to a letter from Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg which AD has in its possession. Many police cars can't be used because the navigation system often fails and contact with the control room is impossible through it. Police teams are squabbling over the cars and motorcycles that still work, according to the newspaper.
National Police chief Erik Akerboom decided to maintain the ban on headscarves with police uniforms for the time being. He is shocked by the uproar caused by Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg suggesting that headscarves be allowed in an effort to boost diversity in the police, the National Police chief wrote in an internal memo, AD reports.
An Amsterdam community police officer raised quite a few eyebrows on Saturday by wearing a headscarf while on patrol in Osdorp. The officer is not a Muslim herself, but wore the headscarf "out of solidarity and because she is for a diverse corps", PvdA city councilor Sofyan Mbarki said to the Volkskrant.
The Amsterdam police is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear a headscarf, of hijab, in an attempt to recruit more minorities, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to newspaper AD.
In 2011 the police's national code of conduct was adjusted to state that symbols of belief - such as a crucifix, headscarf or yarmulke - can not be worn with the police uniform. Visible tattoos and piercings are also banned. "But I see that this is shifting", Aalbersberg said to the newspaper. "We now allow tattoos on the arms, a few years ago that was still unthinkable."
The Amsterdam police need 545 extra police officers in order to effectively deal with the increasingly busy city, assassination investigations and terrorism threats, according to Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aabersberg. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan sent a letter in which Aalbersberg details the need of the Dutch capital's police force, to the government in The Hague, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is aiming for a more a more ethnically diverse police force. He wants half of the vacancies at the city's police to be filled by people with an immigrant background. "We need people who understand the city", he said to broadcaster NOS.
Last year the Dutch police again received more reports about disturbed people causing problems, the police confirmed to ANP. Nearly 75 thousand reports were received, compared to about 66 thousand in 2015. Since 2012 the number of reports about disturbed problem causers increased by an average of 14 percent per year.
"We have the impression that the severity of the incidents is increasing. This has an impact on the environment and requires a lot of police on the street", Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Allbersberg said to ANP.
The Amsterdam police force needs at least another 500 officers in order to accommodate the city's growth, police chief Pieter-Jaap Albersberg said in the AT5 program Het Verhoor. According to him, the current police force, about 5,000 officers since 2011, is drowning in the work. "The force is built on 800,000 Amsterdam residents, while there are currently nearly 1.5 million on a daily basis", Aalbersberg said to the Amsterdam broadcaster.
The police is "seriously considering" that 31-year-old Djordy Latumahina was not the intended target of the assassination in which he was killed in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on October 8th, police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said
The Amsterdam police will soon start an experiment in which they will record exactly why they pull over a car for a check in an attempt to reduce racial profiling by the police. The mayor an the police chief were against implementing this experiment immediately, but the majority of the city council voted for it on Thursday
The Public Prosecutor plans to meet with new politician Sylvana Simons about the online racial abuse directed at her person. Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg also called on her to press charges.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan banned an uncooperative assassination target from part of the city this past week, police commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said on AT5 program Het Verhoor on Thursday.
The United States is leading an investigation into bomb threats made against schools across the world in January, including three schools in Amsterdam. Though American authorities are in charge of the case, they are working in unison with the Netherlands, Dutch police said on broadcaster AT5.
The Amsterdam confiscated 396 firearms in 2015, 82 more than in 2014 and 86 more than in 2013. The police also closed down 29 "key locations", where gangs and criminals met. The number of robberies increased with 6 percent, according to the city's annual crime figures which Mayor Eberhard van der Laan announced in a letter to the city council and at a press conference on Friday.
The Amsterdam police will this year not be allowed to have internal Sinterklaas celebrations with their children with only blackface Zwarte Pieten. The parties will be allowed if Pieten of other colors are also present.
The police have seized nearly as many firearms in Amsterdam so far this year, than over the whole of 2014.
A Dutch Hercules C-130 aircraft landed in Eindhoven shortly before 4 p.m. carrying seven coffins with human remains from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
The salvage mission in eastern Ukraine where flight MH17 crashed last year, has been completed. The last seven coffins are expected to arrive at Eindhoven airport at 16:00 on Saturday afternoon. From there they will be transported with the usual ceremony.
The restarted MH17 repatriation mission is going well, despite being hampered by the wet and windy weather. The team has found some mortal remains as well as personal belongings such as passports, jewelry and photos, mission leader Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg reported on Wednesday.