A psychologist who works in the prison in Alphen aan de Rijn was nearly strangled to death by a prisoner over a week ago, the Telegraaf reports based on a source with in the penitentiary institution. People working in prisons across the Netherlands are facing an increasing amount of violence directed at them, according to figures ANP requested.
The safety of Dutch prisons can no longer be guaranteed due to staff shortages, according to a letter by the Dutch service for custodial institutions DJI. The workload is too high, and that poses risks for both inmates and staff, according to the letter. Without intervention, there will be more violent incidents and more suicides, the DJI warns, ANP reports
The DJI's central works council addressed the letter to Edith Schippers, who is leading the negotiations on the formation of the new Dutch government, the leaders of the Dutch political parties and the director of the DJI.
NS, public transporters, unions and government parties teamed up to set up an actioin plan aimed at reducing violent incidents on public transport. The intention is to reduce the number of incidents by 20 percent by 2018, according to the Telegraaf.
The plan includes improving the share of information about perpetrators, extra surveillance and extra security staff with additional powers, according to the newspaper.
The police are not registering violent incidents in public transport properly, according to research done by RTL Nieuws. These incidents must be registered with a specific code, but that does not happen in 20 percent of the cases.
The number of reports about physical violence and aggression aimed at train personnel is down 23 percent, though reports on other types of incidents and disturbances increased, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure wrote to parliament. Disturbances caused by beggars, musicians and vagrants increased significantly.
Police in the Netherlands used force over 10 thousand times last year, about the same number as in the previous few years, according to figures the police released on Monday
Public transport employees are faced with incidents that are becoming more violent. Though the actual number of incidents did not really increase over the past years, according to professor Ronald van Steden of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam
Police officers will no longer automatically be considered a suspect following a violent incident. Instead there will be an investigation working on the assumption that they acted according to the law, according to a bill Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice revealed on Tuesday
The number of violent incidents in amateur football is increasing in the larger cities, according to Dutch football association KNVB. The declining trend of the past years may very well be broken this season, spokesperson Hans van Kastel said
2,741 (violent) incidents were recorded in Dutch asylum centers in the first 6 months of last year. These include 13 suicides, 80 suicide attempts, 124 intimidations and threats, 47 assaults, 58 missing people, 23 hunger strikes, 4 self-immolations and 10 suspicions of human trafficking. In the first half of 2014 there were about 12 thousand asylum seekers in Dutch centers, that number has doubled in the meantime.