Dutch white male appointed as police chief

12th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Despite efforts to appoint a female or minority candidate as chief of the South Holland South police corps, the position is going to a white man.

THE HAGUE — The regional police of the province South Holland South are getting another white man as their chief. Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst will appoint Teun Visscher.

The Minister decided on Visscher after deliberation with police corps manager Ronald Bandall and head of the corps management team Jozias van Aartsen.

They also agreed to tougher standards for appointing more women and minorities to the top and sub-top of the police corps. The new agreements are expected to ensure that 25 percent of top positions are filled by women and minorities in 2011.

Ter Horst explained last weekend that she’d decided to appoint Visscher because there was too much delay in appointing a woman or minority candidate.

The Minister suggested in the Tweede Kamer this week that there was more at issue, but didn’t give any details on what that might be.

According to Ter Horst’s spokesperson the appointment of Visscher didn’t have to do with his ethnicity. She was reportedly “not amused” to have received another white male nomination for the position.

The 50-year-old Visscher is corps-chief of police in North and East Gelderland.

Before that, he was director of the Netherlands Police Institute. He also served in leadership positions in other police forces.

Visscher started his police career in 1985 in the Rijkspolitie. He graduated from the police academy, and studied traffic and water engineering, and prosecution law.

The South Holland South corps was in favour of Visscher’s appointment. A spokesperson said Wednesday evening: “He’s the best choice, and he’s very welcome.”

The crops is also glad to finally have clarity in the appointment. They’ve been without a corps chief since Ruud Bik’s departure at the end of 2007. Bik left to fulfill a leadership role in the national police corps (KLPD).

The Minister made the right decision by recanting a previous veto to Visscher’s nomination, according to the police union ANPV. A spokesperson for the union said: “The ANPV is happy that the Minister realizes you just can’t treat people that way.”

ANP/Lila Lundquist/Expatica

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