Opstelten: offensive against police bureaucracy

Minister Opstelten (Security and Justice) is launching an offensive against police bureaucracy. He intends to reduce the administrative burden on the police by 25% during the present government's term in office.

He stated this in Zeist during his opening speech to the Security Congress 2010. Everyone involved in the police is sick and tired of the bureaucracy, according to the Minister, and he wants to create more space for police officers' expertise. Police officers and citizens are also driven crazy by the obsession with registration and forms madness. The objective of the operation is to have police officers spend less time behind their desks and more time on the streets. The aim is to reduce desk work by 50%.

In addition to the already abolished ticket quota policy, Opstelten announces his intention to reduce the number of forms and protocols for the police. Reports are simplified for citizens and police officers and it will become possible more often to file reports digitally, as this currently taking too long, according to Opstelten. He also intends to introduce a report tracking system so that the victims of theft, burglary or violence know the status of their report.

And finally, Opstelten wishes to accelerate standard criminal cases such as store theft, destruction of property, threats and drugs-related nuisance. From arrest to judgment: two-thirds of the cases must be settled within one month. This currently sometimes takes six to eight months. Opstelten intends to have the plan of attack against police bureaucracy ready in January.

The Security Congress is an annual congress of the Ministry of Security and Justice on security in the broadest sense of the word. "Changing security" is the central theme this day. Target groups include public administrators, managers and policy-makers of security partners, such as: the police, the fire department, medical assistance agencies, the Ministry of Defence, security regions, the municipalities, the provinces, other ministries and associations, institutes and umbrella organisations active in the field of both social and physical security.