Mr Gerard Bouman Appointed as Quartermaster of the National Police

Minister of Security and Justice Opstelten has appointed mr. G.L. (Gerard) Bouman as Quartermaster of the National Police. The Quartermaster will draw up a plan for the set-up and realization of the new national police force before the end of this year, so that the national police can start operations when the Lower House/ House of Representatives has approved the new Police Act.

Mr Bouman (1952) is currently employed as Director of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). On 16 May he will take up his new duties. The Quartermaster of the National Police is also the future Chief of the National Police.

On the orders of the Minister, Mr Bouman will set to work to shape the new police organization. The aim is to present a comprehensive structure and implementation plan by the end of 2011. The newly structured national police should be capable of responding more accurately to the needs of society. The national police must contribute to a safer living environment, inspire more confidence among citizens and increase the job satisfaction of police officers. The legislative proposal on the national police will be sent to the Lower House before the summer of 2011. It has been agreed with the Lower House/ House of Representatives that no irreversible steps will be taken until the new law is adopted.

Before he took office as head of the AIVD Mr Bouman was Chief of the Regional Police Haaglanden (2003-2007). He started his career in 1970 with the then municipal police of Rotterdam. In 1998 he became Chief Public Prosecutor in Middelburg, and he was appointed as Chief Public Prosecutor in The Hague in 2000.

Mr Bouman will shortly be assisted by two Quartermasters of the police force management team: a Director of Operational Management and a Director of Operations. The work location of the Quartermasters is The Hague. It is expected that the Quartermasters for the regional units, who will prepare the new police organization under the supervision of Mr Bouman, will be appointed before the first of July.

Mr Bouman has been appointed on the recommendation of the Chairman of the Regional Police Force Managers' Consultative Body (Kbb) and the Board of Procurators General. Until the intended implementation of the national police he will be seconded, as a member of the Top Management Group (TMG Central Government), from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.