Police officers avoiding violence

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A quarter of all police officers avoid violent situations while on duty, according to Dutch Police Academy research obtained by the television programme, Nieuwsuur.

Over 4,400 officers were questioned in the survey. Many of them admitted they often avoid taking action in risky situations because they don’t feel they have enough support. As many as 71 percent complained they had received insufficient training to be able to deal with dangerous situations.

Swift action The Dutch Police Union is demanding swift action. The Council of Police Chiefs has acknowledged the criticism and plans to shake up training courses. It also says commanding officers should work on the beat more often.

The RTL news station says Security Minister Ivo Opstelten is refusing to comment on the research because, in the words of a ministry spokesperson, it is only a draft report.

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