A conflict is looming between police chiefs and home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst over her plans to cut spending on the police, Nos tv reports on Thursday.
The proposal to cut police budgets by €190m a year from 2013 will lead to personnel cuts of up to 4,000 out of 52,000 police officers, police chiefs say.
The cuts are part of government plans to get its finances back in order following the economic crisis.
The chairman of the police chiefs’ committee Leon Kuys told Nos radio he was ‘very concerned’ about the cost-cutting.
Police chiefs point out that five of the country’s regional police divisions are already under official supervision because their finances are in a bad state.
However, a spokesman for Ter Horst said the police calculations were ‘nonsense’. ‘Everyone agrees that the savings will not cost jobs and there will more officers on the beat,’ the spokesman told Nos.
The minister believes the savings can come from increased efficiency and by digging into police force reserves.
Nos says the minister is angry that police chiefs have spoken out while talks between them and bigger city mayors about how to make the cuts are still ongoing.
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