Dutch police need more officers at computers

30th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch government should invest less in more police officers on the beat and more in IT detectives.

Outgoing Twente police force commander Martin Sitalsing made this statement in an interview with broadsheet de Volkskrant. He argues that it is far more efficient to predict what criminals are going to do. This leads to more prevention, but also to more solved crimes.

In his own region of Twente, Sitalsing has initiated an IT project in collaboration with the national police and the Israeli security firm Athena. The partners are working on software which would automatically scan public information on deviating patterns.

Twitter would be among the sources of information to be placed under automated surveillance. Should someone, for instance, buy a Harley Davidson motor cycle and next send tweets about biker club Satudarah, a police officer could be dispatched to check the situation out.

Also of interest would be criminal activity involving on-line games such as Habbo, and the prevention of child pornography.

Sitalsing says his is not a Big Brother project.

He does not expect any problems with the Dutch Data Protection Authority.


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