Dutch, Germans sign police deal
3 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — In the latest example of co-operation on law enforcement between European countries, Germany and the Netherlands have signed an agreement to allow police officers to chase suspects across the border.
3 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — In the latest example of co-operation on law enforcement between European countries, Germany and the Netherlands have signed an agreement to allow police officers to chase suspects across the border.
Under the deal, officers will be permitted to cross the 577km-long border shared by the two countries and venture up to 150km into the other country when pursuing serious crime suspects.
If necessary, the pursuing officers will be permitted to defend themselves or third parties by using pepper spray, tear-gas or firearms.
Similar "hot pursuit" treaties are already in operation between the Benelux countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).
The treaties address the thorny issue of officers crossing European borders with firearms.
Officers crossing borders while chasing suspects is a particularly sensitive issue in the island nations, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Uniform officers in these countries are usually unarmed. Uniform officers in Germany and the Netherlands, in contrast, generally carry side arms.
Dutch Interior Minister Johan Remkes and Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner signed the treaty with Germany on Thursday.
Much of the agreement provides for increased co-operation between the police officers of both countries in a number of areas, including alcohol checks on motorists and tackling illegal immigrants and human smuggling.
Officers from the Netherlands will be able to work with their German counterparts on observation duties and exchange information without seeking approval from the prosecution department first.
In addition, officers on "foreign territory" will be governed by the local laws and regulations. The treaty allows for the exchange of liaison officers.
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Subject: Dutch, German news