Minister Grapperhaus to 'reduce administrative burden of investigations'

Minister of Justice and Security Grapperhaus has announced plans to tackle the administrative burdens that impede police investigators in their work. He will be appointing an external committee for this purpose, in consultation with the police force management team and Public Prosecution Service.

Specifically, the committee will be charged with 'critically examining' the administrative workload of investigators with a view to 'reducing bureaucratic red tape', according to a letter that the minister submitted to the Lower House of Parliament.

'There has to be a real, noticeable reduction for police investigators', the minister stressed.

The committee will also be asked to advise on measures for monitoring administrative workloads over the long term and for intervening where needed.

'Identifying and structurally addressing unnecessary administrative burdens in time will require a systematic approach within the police force.'

The initiative is part of a broader package of measures to improve investigative processes, which also includes a 'Development Agenda for Investigation' (Ontwikkelagenda voor de opsporing). It also responds to a report on insufficient capacity in the investigative service (Noodkreet recherche) recently issued by the Dutch Police Union.

Minister Grapperhaus emphasises that strides have already been made in improving investigative processes and easing administrative burdens. These improvements include more efficient IT solutions and a new law recently adopted by the Upper House of Parliament, enabling interception based on name (instead of number) and simplifying the requisition of camera images.