Policing of events to be paid for

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Dutch local government will bill organisers of big events for the policing of crowds, but certain events have been exempted from this new rule. Justice and Security Minister Ivo Opstelten has presented details of the scheme, public broadcaster NOS reported on Wednesday.

Underlying the plan is the consideration that the police is funded by the taxpayer in the general interest, and should not be called in to help supervise commercial events.

Organisers will be held responsible for security and traffic regulation around their mass gatherings and will have to cover police costs, but events of general or national interest are considered a special category. These include national holidays like Queen's Day and Liberation Day, as well as sports events, all of which generally draw huge crowds.

The costs that commercial organisers will have to cover do not include police expenditure on detective work, detaining arrested people and first aid.

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