Opstelten: police academy to be repositioned

The training offered by the Police Academy is to be matched more closely to the wishes of the profession. This will mean that the Academy can focus primarily on the wishes and needs of the National Police. This is revealed in a legislative proposal from Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice which has been submitted to the House of Representatives.

The aim is to safeguard the quality of police training whilst maintaining the independent position of the Police Academy. The awarding of a civil diploma and the link between regular education and police training will be maintained.

In addition, the executive board of the Police Academy will be replaced by a director assisted by a deputy director. The supervisory board is also being abolished. The Police Academy's manpower and resources will come under the National Police. This will result in savings in terms of procurement, management and accommodation.