200 police officers fired over misconduct

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Over the past three years more than 200 police officers have been fired due to misconduct, RTL Nieuws reports.

In all, the Dutch police carried out over 4,000 inquiries into misconduct involving activities such as drunk driving, downloading child porn or leaking information to criminals. Over the past three years, 219 police officers were sacked over misconduct. A further 101 police officers resigned voluntarily and an additional 179 police officers were suspended. In a reaction, the police leadership called the figure “unacceptable”. It promised to crack down on police misconduct.

In one case, a police officer lived with a drugs dealer. Another officer offered a child money for sex. Three police officers are suspected of murder or manslaughter, or attempted murder or manslaughter. The Dutch Police Union blames part of the misconduct on traumatic work-related events, which can trigger psychological disorders.

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