Public urged to take evidence photos of violence

22nd April 2009, Comments 0 comments

People who witness violence against public employees should use take photos of the incident on their mobile phones, says the Dutch interior minister.

THE HAGUE – Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst Tuesday called on members of the public who witness violence against public employees to take photos of the incident on their mobile phones.

The minister, who presented her appeal during a debate in Parliament, stressed the importance of people doing something if they witness incidents of violence. She hopes the photos taken could serve as prosecution evidence

Public employees, such as social benefits staff, should be allowed to refuse to deal with people who behave aggressively towards them, said Ter Horst.

Her comments echoed earlier Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten’s appeal to ask the public to do more to protect officers doing their duty.

Research shows that at least 20 percent of the public have witnessed aggression or violence against police officers, ambulance staff or other public servants.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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