MPs call for zero tolerance at New Year

MPs have called on the police to operate a zero tolerance policy during this year’s New Year celebrations, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

Mayors have been given many new ways to maintain order over the past months, such as issuing banning orders, and New Year will be a test case, CDA MP Coskun Cöruz said.
Last New Year, police had to deal with some 2,500 incidents and over 400 people were arrested.
Hero Brinkman, law and order spokesman for the anti-Islam PVV, said his party felt mayors were still too reluctant to carry out stop and search operations and ban groups from some areas.
‘I expect mayors to get very tough,’ Brinkman said. ‘Zero tolerance, accept nothing and where possible use the new rules.’
The public prosecution department is planning to use fast-track courts to deal with offenders and will call for long sentences against people who attack emergency service workers, the paper said.

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