Aggressors against officials blacklisted

4th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The government is considering setting up a system to register people who commit violence against civil servants. The cabinet hopes such a system could help social services and other government institutions prevent attacks on their officials, Home Affairs minister Guusje ter Horst said on Tuesday on current events programme Netwerk.

4 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The government is considering setting up a system to register people who commit violence against civil servants. The cabinet hopes such a system could help social services and other government institutions prevent attacks on their officials, Home Affairs minister Guusje ter Horst said on Tuesday on current events programme Netwerk.

Civil servants of the social service in Utrecht told the minister about their experiences with customers who don't shy away from threatening them or their families. Fifty individuals were penalised by being denied access to service for such behaviour last year.

Ter Horst also wants to make it possible to immediately arrest the aggressors and hold them in custody longer. "So that they are off the street from the moment they are taken in until they have served their penalty."

The Labour PvdA minister would also like customers to know they could have some of their benefits reduced or lose them altogether if they are aggressive.

Ter Horst said the increasing violence against officials was part of a "general coarsening of society." She says there has been evidence of this for some time in public transport and with the police.

"But now is the time to say: we won't tolerate this anymore."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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