In the coming years, the Dutch police will face a shortage of officers on the streets, especially on night shift and in the rural areas, managers at the National Police, police union NPB and the Police Academy leaders warned in the Volkskrant.
Of the 700 aspiring police officers who signed up at the Police Academy this year, 25 percent have a non-Western background - double compared to 2015, Peter Slort, head of diversity at the National Police, told the Volkskrant. The new figures match the police's goal to become more ethnically diverse. Currently only 7 percent of Dutch police officers have an immigration background, according to the newspaper.
A majority of community officers in the Netherlands believe that organized crime can continue virtually unchecked in the cities, according to a study by two Police Academy scientists on behalf of the National Police. According to the community officers, there are too few detectives and this hampers the work of uniformed officers, the Volkskrant reports.
The Public Prosecutor will not prosecute three commando soldiers involved in the death of a colleague during training in Ossendrecht last year. The soldiers were wrongly suspected of death by negligence and the cases against them were dropped, the Prosecutor announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
The Dutch police are not good at distinguishing between real and fake sex crime reports, according to a study by the University of Maastricht and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Researcher Andre De Zutter called the police assessment of a sex crime report "guesswork", the Volkskrant reports.
Peter B., the 54 year old man arrested last month for pretending to be a pathologist and doctor to teach at the police academy in Apeldoorn, tried to get onto the team that identified the victims of the MH17 disaster.
A 54 year old man used a fake university stating that he is qualified as a forensic pathologist and doctor to get a lecturing job at the Police Academy in Apeldoorn. He taught there for six months. The police arrested him on Wednesday.
An environmental police investigator from Central and West Brabant has for years refused to work with a colleague who has cancer. That became clear during the hearing on the case in the Breda court.