Extra detectives will fight organised crime
An additional 100 detectives are to be appointed to the police force by 2011.
AMSTERDAM—Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst announced that the new detectives would concentrate on combating money laundering. They come in addition to a previously announced 500 extra police on the beat and 500 extra forensic assistants.
At the beginning of this year, the head of the National Police Services Agency, Ruud Bik, said there was such a shortage of personnel in the criminal investigation department that it put constraints on the investigation of organised crime.
Minister Ter Horst said that detective's salaries were also likely to increase. At present the police force has difficulty attracting suitable candidates for the job. There will also be fast-track training courses for detectives entering the force from other professions.