Inquiry into 'shocking' rise in police crimes
12 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Some 122 police officers were sacked last year after committing criminal offences, an increase of 30 percent compared with 2004.
12 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Some 122 police officers were sacked last year after committing criminal offences, an increase of 30 percent compared with 2004.
The Council of Chief-Superintendents has reacted with shock to the figures and is demanding an inquiry.
Most officers were sacked for committing violent crimes, such as using excessive force in arresting suspects.
Other officers were sacked for drug use, trading in ecstasy or cocaine, domestic violence or leaking confidential information.
Joyrides with police vehicles to places far beyond the patrol region were also cause for some officers to be sacked.
Besides the 122 sackings, some 85 officers were given suspended sackings, also representing an increase of 30 percent. Some 34 officers decided to resign.
In total, 250 police officers became embroiled last year in violations of police integrity.
Young officers were especially prone to indiscretions. The new figures reveal a clear link between experience and integrity problems.
Gerard Huijser van Reenen, who supervises the integrity portfolio within the council of chief-superintendents, said a lot of attention is placed on integrity in police training, but apparently not enough.
The police union ACP is demanding swift measures to reduce the number of police crimes.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news