Mayor Ryan Palmen of Hilvarenbeek and the police unions have different views of how dance festival Decibel Outdoor went this past weekend. Palmen called it the "quietest edition" yet. But according to the unions, there were "various reports" that weren't picked up, Omroep Brabant reports.
The police unions want to oblige Netherlands citizens to register their surveillance cameras with the government. "Discussions with detectives show that it is becoming increasingly important in serious crimes to have footage very quickly", union NPB chairman Jan Struijs said to NOS. "There are a lot of cameras in the Netherlands, but we do not always know where."
Police union ACP is seriously concerned about the safety of various shooting ranges the police use for training. The union recently learned that a bullet bounced back and hit a police officer's hearing protection at the shooting range in Sevenum, Limburg and problems resulted in the closure of ranges in Den Bosch and Kerkrade, according to the union, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to the union, the police leadership hasn't given a proper explanation about the problems at these shooting ranges.
The police are facing shortages in people, resources and capabilities, making it impossible for them to do their jobs, according to police union ACP. And police officers have no more confidence that politicians will be able to tackle these problems, the union determined ina survey among 1,700 police officers, ANP reports.
The police are in desperate need of more money, according to police union ACP and Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen. There is already a massive shortage of community officers, and that shortage will only increase, they said to the Telegraaf.
Police officers in the Netherlands are calling for more customization in their duties as part of a so-called base team. They feel that these base teams are too large and that they have too many managers, and that this comes at the expense of contact between officers and citizens, according to the report Police and Science, published on Monday
The police's Special Intervention Service, the counterterrorism unit, lost confidence in the police leadership. They are overworked and feel that money reserved for the unit is never invested in it, the Telegraaf reported on Friday. Police chief Erik Akkerboom will visit the National Unit on Friday to investigate these claims.
The police shot a 41 year old man on the street in Eindhoven on Saturday afternoon. The suspect, Rupert L., was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. According to police union ANPV, the officer acted in self-defense.
The police rarely act against people lighting fireworks outside the legally permitted lighting times between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve, according to figures newspaper AD got from the Central Collection Agency.
To avoid a security crisis and effectively fight terrorism, the police will need 1,500 extra officers and heavier weapons in the short term, according to police union ACP. With the current capacity and armament, the police won't be able to cope against terrorists.
Nijmegen Mayor Hubert Bruls is calling on the government to deploy the army to assist the police in the collection and guidance of asylum seekers and to provide support with the protection of reception centers.
The Dutch Police Union NPB is concerned about increasing violence among asylum seekers as police forces are having to bolster their efforts to maintain peace around refugee reception centres, the union told newspaper AD. They advocate splitting up refugees into groups based on religion, and perhaps also nationality or ethnicity to help calm the situation down.
The Dutch police should follow the example of their Belgian colleagues and equip officers with so-called less-lethal-weapons. This weapon should be in addition to the existing firearm.
Police officers using chokeholds on suspects has caused at least one more death, according to lawyer Gerald Roethof in the television program EenVandaag.
New legislation is necessary to address the disturbances caused by motorcycle gangs in Limburg, according to police union ACP.
Dutch police are considering going on strike during the KNVB Cup final match between PEC Zwolle and FC Groningen at De Kuip on May 3, the Dutch Police Union (NPB) announced on their website. The strike is part of protests for the lack of new collective agreement.
The police unions have handed Justice Minister Ard van der Steur an ultimatum to come up with a better collective proposal than the last offer from former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the police union Nederlandse Politiebond wrote in a statement. The new Justice Minister has until April 13th to respond, after which "tougher actions" can be expected from police personnel.