Poor pay for detectives hits case load

Detectives are not paid enough and this is leading to a shortage in manpower, Ruud Bik, senior officer with the national police service KLPD, told Monday’s NRC.

The shortage of officers is leading to a drop in effectiveness with 150 cases handled in 2008, 30 fewer than the target, he said.
Of the 960 jobs available within the national detective service, 150 are currently vacant. In addition, the turnover in staff is 20% a year.
‘Detectives move to investigation services or companies in the private sector where the pay is better,’ Bik told the paper. ‘Or they go back on the beat where they can earn €400 a month more.’
A senior detective earns €2,850 a month, according to the NRC, with an inspector on €3,540.

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