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More fines, more respect says police minister

Tuesday 17 November 2009

The police can boost their standing in the community by handing out more fines, home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst told MPs on Tuesday.

People expect to get a fine if they break the law, Ter Horst said. 'The instrument to boost respect is writing out tickets,' she was quoted as saying in the Telegraaf. 'People approve if road hogs or drivers who go through red lights are fined.'

Ter Horst told MPs the justice ministry had agreed the police should raise €831m through fines, and denied this is new policy.

Opposition MPs say the reputation of the police is being hurt by police officers standing on street corners handing out as many fines as possible. While the national quota was scrapped from police performance contracts, individual forces may still impose their own, the Telegraaf said.


During the debate, the minister said she was setting aside €25m to help police forces which end up in acute financial trouble. She has ordered the police to cut overall spending by €190m a year, by boosting efficiency.

The minister said she and justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin were also looking into whether the maximum fine for insulting a police officer can be increased.The average fine is now €290.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This is completely backwards thinking. Nobody will respect the police if they just hand out fines. They will earn respect if they use discretion and treat each case fairly and on its own merits. Respect must be earned, not beaten in to people

By Mark | 17 November 2009 9:02 AM

No No No. Like in the UK, if the Netherlands goes down this route there will be more apathy for the police and citizens believing (which is true in the UK) that fines are being given out only to fill the 'coffers' of the government. You may even get the police issuing fines for the slightest thing just to meet "targets".

By Karl H | 17 November 2009 10:25 AM

This sounds to me like the police trying to bully and coerce the public into compliance. If someone has really committed a crime, then he should go to prison. Otherwise, let him be.

Trying to extract extra revenue from the populace by this method is at some point going to cause a backlash.

Aside from financial crimes, money should play no part whatsoever in the criminal justice system.

By Chris | 17 November 2009 10:48 AM

"The police can boost their standing in the community by handing out more fines" ....are these Dutch politicians morons?..and out of touch with the living. For sure,the more I pay in fines the more I love them...home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst should go NOW and spend the rest of her life looking for her lost brain.

By alanposting | 17 November 2009 12:13 PM

IF you are caught violating the law, then you should be fined. However, like in the USA many of the PD's have a quota system, where each police officer must meet their quota, by the end of the month, so theyo hand out fines more aggressively, at that time of the month.

By LB | 17 November 2009 1:46 PM

Stop breaking the bloody law and you won't be fined! How hard is that?

I got fined ones for jaywalking; never did it again. Why? Because I have better things to spend money on.

By xen | 17 November 2009 1:50 PM

Typical politicians.Still to this day having no clue about how society works! The headline should read the facts: More fines = less respect!

By GD | 17 November 2009 2:12 PM

more fines to get more respect...right!
I reported a stolen bike traffic 4 times and police didn't care to do anything! Not talking when you are victim of crimes...Sorry can't have much respect for them! But 1 thing I give them: they know the best spot to have food!

By LP | 17 November 2009 3:27 PM

This is a small step, now for real respect, How about real prison sentences for thugs,no weekend passes, no computers, t.v.s... in jail...

By bet | 17 November 2009 7:38 PM

In Holland one doesn't actually need to break the law to get a fine.

Here it's accepted as "additional indirect taxation" - some say, "Illegal taxation".

GPS is more accurate than the speedo in most cars. Using GPS, and setting over speed alarms along the route, it's impossible to go too fast without knowing one has done it.

In Holland you get a speeding ticket for driving within the limit. The fines are issued and then sent out and arrive up to 3 weeks later - but this means that the Right to query the fines within 7 days of issues has past!!!
Oh and then, by the time the fine gets paid thru banking system, you get fined for being late in paying the original fine!

Parking tickets are issued to vehicles legally parked.

Pay your medical insurance but change to another company - try canceling the one you want to leave. It's a nightmare of fines and fines for not paying - after you've told them you no longer want to be with them - It run by Bullies basically - bullies who are supported by Government Bullies, who allow the medical insurance companies to by-pass all legal process and send out Bailiffs!!!

By Gerard | 17 November 2009 9:51 PM

This move will only encourage more corruption in the police corps and from the public, less respect (More fear) for the authorities!

I'm surprised that the Dutch are so cleverly brain-washed & passive to the gradual decline in freedom of speech (civil rights), and privacy!

***It would make a change to read something positive in the news!***

By stevie | 18 November 2009 5:51 PM

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