Dutch police cutback plan abandoned

22nd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch government has abandoned plans to replace some police officers with supervisory agents with fewer responsibilities and fewer powers. Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten previously said the new agents would still be “fully fledged police, armed with a weapon and pepper spray”.

His announcement on Thursday unleashed such a storm of criticism in the media that the minister has been forced to withdraw the plan. Even the minister’s own party the VVD and staunch supporter the Freedom Party – both strong on law and order – rejected the plan out of hand. It also caused serious consternation among police union the ACP.

In its coalition agreement, the Dutch government has pledged to save 30 million euros in law enforcement.

© Radio Netherland Worldwide

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