Shortage of police cells in Amsterdam

16th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch capital has too few police cells to house people arrested in the course of an average weekend.

16 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The city of Amsterdam has too few police cells to house those arrested in the course of an average weekend.

Police in the Dutch capital usually arrest a large number of people for public disorder offences including public drunkenness, drug abuse and aggressive behaviour.

The shortage of cells mean that many people are held in interview rooms, facilities reserved for lawyers and other rooms in police stations. This can lead to dangerous situations, as it is difficult for police to properly monitor suspects.

The supervisory board overseeing police holding cells has called for a rapid solution to the problem.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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