Recidivists get personal police shadow
29 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police in Amsterdam are to be assigned their own recidivist criminal to monitor continuously in the hope of stopping the person committing further crimes.
29 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — Police in Amsterdam are to be assigned their own recidivist criminal to monitor continuously in the hope of stopping the person committing further crimes.
A trial of the scheme in several districts has proved so successful that it is being introduced across the capital, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' said.
Police officers who take responsibility for a repeat offender are required to know at all times where the person is and what he or she is doing.
The 'shadow' is alerted by email from police headquarters if the target is involved in crime or has been spotted elsewhere in the city. The officer is also informed by the prosecution service when the offender is released from custody.
The scheme is part of a new plan to combat repeat officers which will be announced officially by Amsterdam City Council next month.
Police already keep a close eye on the 50 most active offenders in each of the five police districts in Amsterdam. It is estimated that there are 510 very active drug-addicted criminals and 6,000 other repeat offenders in the city.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news