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Half Amsterdam's police stations set to close

Wednesday 07 March 2012

The creation of a new national police force will lead to the closure of 15 of Amsterdam's 32 local police stations, the head of the capital's police union APV says in Wednesday's Parool.

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten wants the national force to become a reality on July 1, but the legislation still has to be processed by the upper house of parliament.

'Opstelten sees the national force as the solution to all our problems,' Ronald Pronk told the paper. 'There is a lot that is not clear, but we will certainly go down in strength. And they are fiddling the figures. For example, recruits will count as full police officers.'

It is not yet known which police stations face closure. A spokesman for Opstelten told the paper there is no question that the police will become more difficult to reach when the changes are introduced.

Private security

Meanwhile, Amsterdam city council is considering allowing private security officials to hand out fines for minor offences, by making them temporary civil servants in peak periods.

Councillors will vote on the plan on Thursday. Executive Carolien Gehrels says the council has too few city wardens (stadstoezicht) to cope at big events such as Queen's Day and important football matches.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So as facts show, Rutte-Wilders government leads to less police proximity, and less security for citizens.

By zenplus | 7 March 2012 4:40 PM

We tried making Area commands in Sydney, New South Wales (Australia) and its been useless. One can wait up to 3 hours for Police to help.

By Rob van Dongen | 8 March 2012 6:40 AM

Great, so fewer police, with an already bad economic climate, leading to even more people without jobs. Sounds like the perfect recipe for huge crime surges including robbery and 'dangerous' crimes, public unrest and anarchy. Awesome.

By Sarah | 8 March 2012 11:39 AM

Private security officials? So, in realistic terms that means cheap migrant labour with the power to play police on us?
Why not replace Members of Parliament with private politicians? Oh, it's already like that. My bad.

By victor | 30 March 2012 8:52 AM

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