Police 'ticket factory' image to be scrapped

10th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Interior Minister Johan Remkes hopes to ditch the image of the police service as a "ticket factory" that issues fines at a drop of a hat to meet annual targets.

10 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Interior Minister Johan Remkes hopes to ditch the image of the police service as a "ticket factory" that issues fines at a drop of a hat to meet annual targets.

The Minister said in magazine 'BN De Stem' that he intends to do away with the controversial ticketing targets during negotiations with the police over new performance contracts.

Referring to the ticketing targets for each police district as a "bone of contention", Remkes said he wanted to abolish them. The police have already met the targets under the present contracts, leading to accusations the fines they issue are often unjustified and only serve to meet the quota.

The new contrasts being negotiated between Remkes and the police will come into force on 1 January next year. The Minister's spokesperson emphasised on Monday that no definite decisions have been made.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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