Soldiers on security duty at Schiphol – MPs worried about lack of training


MPs are concerned at the way soldiers are being used to carry out security checks at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport because they have not been trained to do the job, according to RTL news.

Security at Schiphol has been stepped up because of an unidentified threat and soldiers have now been brought in to supplement the military police who are already overstretched. The extra airport checks on vehicles are also leading to long delays for holidaymakers.

MPs from opposition parties D66, CDA, SP and PVV say the use of soldiers is unacceptable and a structural solution for the pressure facing the military police needs to be found.

‘They are simply not trained for it,’ Alexander Pechtold, leader of the D66 Liberal democrats said. ‘This is bad for the military police, bad for the army and bad for all of us because it is the security of Schiphol that counts.’

The military police have a team of 1,800 for Schiphol security and 400 more are currently undergoing training.

It is unclear how many soldiers are on duty at Schiphol and how long they will be working there.

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