Maastricht University paid between 200 thousand and 300 thousand euros to hackers who had blocked access to the university's digital systems with ransomware, various people involved told the Volkskrant. The university board was forced to pay because the university's backups were also hijacked. The backups - stored on the university servers - contain research data and data from students and staff from the past decades.
People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.
There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel.
The tram doors wouldn't immediately open after a man opened fire on a tram on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht at around 10:45 a.m. on Monday morning, according to one witness. Multiple people were injured. Journalists at the scene report seeing a body covered by a sheet, according to NOS. Though the authorities have not yet confirmed whether anyone was killed.
Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw will succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam. The documents for Paauw's appointment are already at the Ministry of Justice and Security and only the final formalities are required, multiple sources at both the Rotterdam and Amsterdam police and the police's Central Works Council confirmed to Het Parool.
The expectation is that Paauw will start in Amsterdam in April, though that has not yet been confirmed.
Current Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is the top candidate to succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam, well informed sources told Het Parool. Aalbersberg is stepping down as Amsterdam police chief to become the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security.
Paauw has been chief of the Rotterdam Rijnmond police since 2010. Before that he was deputy chief at the Haaglanden department, where he started his career as a detective in 1986.
The reason that hand grenades are increasingly used as threats in Amsterdam, is because they are cheap and relatively easy to come by, according to Amsterdam Police Chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg. The grenades regularly found in Amsterdam mainly come from Yugoslavia and Russia, and can be bought on the black market or dark web for as little as 5 to 20 euros each, he said to AT5.
Police officers were keeping an eye on Jawed S., the 19-year-old Afghan suspected of stabbing two tourists at Amsterdam Central Station, shortly before the attack on Friday. So-called 'spotters' - special police officers at the station - noticed that he was acting strangely, Amsterdam police chief Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg said on television program Pauw on Monday.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is annoyed at a number of supermarkets in the Red Light District, that bought extra beer and liquor to sell to English football supporters who came to the Dutch capital to watch the Netherlands vs England practice match. These supermarkets did not take their responsibility to prevent drunken football hooligans rampaging through the city, according to him, Het Parool reports.
The police responded to a record number of 83,501 incidents involving "disturbed" persons last year, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2016. Between 2013 and 2016 the number of incidents involving disturbed persons increased by nearly 60 percent, according to figures the police released on Tuesday.
Noord-Nederland received the most reports of incidents involving someone showing disturbed behavior with 13,806. Den Haag followed with 10,764, and then Noord-Nederland with 9,862.
The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecutor are concerned about a seeming shift towards more invisible forms of crime in the Dutch the capital, they said in a report on Monday. With "invisible" crimes they refer to actions that are criminal in nature, but are socially embedded in neighborhoods and often out of the control and sight of the government, ANP reports.
A large proportion of this invisible crime has to do with conflicts in the drug world, according to the Amsterdam triangle. These crimes lead to arms trade, money laundering and assassinations.
The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, Deputy Prime Minister Carola Schouten and acting Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen attended a Hanukkah celebration on Scheldeplein in Amsterdam's Rivierenbuurt on Sunday evening.
"Amsterdam is crying for its beloved mayor and all of the Netherlands is grieving", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Facebook in reaction to the death of Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 62. The Dutch King and Queen, numerous politicians, the Amsterdam police, and Amsterdam's football team Ajax all responded to news of his death with shock and sadness.
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.