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
Police stations across the Netherlands will be closed for two hours on Thursday. This is another protest action organized by police unions against the lack of a favorable collective bargaining agreement.
Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) which police stations will remain open in the future, NOS reports. In December the Minister announced that about 200 of the 400 stations will close.
Terror suspects who have to report to the police on a daily basis, are no longer allowed in police stations. This is because police personnel are afraid of being targets for attack after the attacks in Paris, AD reports. In The Hague, these suspects have to report via the intercom.