Police latest to lose confidential information

8th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Once again the Dutch authorities have let confidential information fall into the wrong hands, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Wednesday.

8 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — Once again the Dutch authorities have let confidential information fall into the wrong hands, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Wednesday.

This time the information was contained on a notebook computer and a digital organiser re stolen from a police vehicle recently. In another case a service revolver and walkie-talkie disappeared after being left unattended in a car.

"The officers involved displayed unbelievable stupidity," Minister Remkes told RTL News. The revelation of the latest losses comes shortly after parliament debated two earlier incidents involving a captain in the Air Force and an employee of the intelligence service (AIVD).

In one of the new incidents, a notebook computer and digital organiser were taken from the boot of a car belonging to the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police Department. Unlike the earlier cases, the digital files were protected by a password. The files on the computer are automatically destroyed if the wrong PIN is entered.

The computer belonged to a member of the department's arrest squad and he now faces an investigation by the internal affairs division.

And last week a police firearm, pepper spray and a walkie-talkie were taken from a car used by the national police service (KL PD). Police recovered the items later that night and arrested two suspects. The police officer who left the stolen items in the car is under investigation.

Remkes said police commissioners are responsible for safeguarding police information and proper management of guns issued to officers. He said a total shift in culture was needed until it is ingrained in the genes of the police that it is totally unacceptable to lose weapons and confidential information.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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