Police to get tough on environmental crime
The police commissioner is calling for tougher measures in dealing with the perpetrators of environmental crime.AMSTERDAM -- Dozens of criminal groups commit crimes against the environment in the Netherlands each year. Speaking on the current affairs programme Nova, transmitted by one of the public service broadcasters, Police Chief Bert Wijbenga said that criminals dump dangerous chemicals in water and discharge slurry deep into the ground without any consequences.
Wijbenga, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners responsible for environmental crime, said that the short sentences which are handed down to offenders do not discourage them. Offenders use falsified documents and forms with little risk of getting caught in the first place.
The police commissioner is calling for tougher measures in dealing with the perpetrators of environmental crime, just as harsh as with drug criminals. According to the TV programme Nova, the majority of MPs agrees with this stance.
[Radio Netherlands/ Expatica]