Unions say police irresponsibly understaffed

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The Dutch police union says there are too few officers patrolling the streets at night and in the day.

19 November 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The police union NPB has sent an urgent letter to parliament pointing out the Dutch police forces are irresponsibly understaffed. The number of qualified and experienced officers patrolling the streets is actually much lower than suggested by the official figures on police strength.

The NPB blames the cabinet for ignoring these facts. The union points out that in some regions only two patrol cars are available at night to guarantee the safety of 150,000 citizens. There also too few officers available to patrol the streets during the day.

The union says the situation is the result of three factors: police forces have great difficulty finding new recruits, many officers are committed to special projects, and sick leave among police officers is much higher than the national average. 

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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