Wednesday 21 April 2021

Police unions unhappy about racial profiling app

Police badge and radio.


Police unions are unhappy about the introduction of a button to make instant complaints about ethnic profiling on the new police app, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday.

The police hope the introduction of the special feature will allow them to better measure how often people are stopped on ethnic or religious grounds.

While accepting the need to monitor ethnic profiling, unions say the new system will result create unnecessary formalities and remove room for discussion.

The report will immediately become a formal complaint, says Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of the ACP union. ‘If they had opted for simple reporting, you could talk about the situation and assess if there was a misunderstanding or miscommunication.’

Hans Schoones of the ANPV union agreed that mediation offers a better solution, and says it is regrettable that the unions were not involved in developing the app.

Police have come under fire for ethnic profiling in recent months after rapper Typhoon and football player Kenneth Vermeer were stopped while driving expensive cars.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.