€91 million to boost deployability of police officers
The police is receiving a one-off sum of €91 million to boost the deployability of its officers. This is necessary because in the coming years many police officers will be entering retirement while the new intake is still being trained. The money can be used for purposes such as overtime or hiring external staff for administrative tasks, thus freeing up officers for police work. The intake of criminal investigation officers will be accelerated by increasing the training possibilities. This is the content of a letter sent today by Minister of Justice and Security Grapperhaus to the House of Representatives.
The total investment of €91 million comprises the €58 million announced in June and a new investment of €33 million to support deployability. In addition to this, as previously announced, more than 17,000 new personnel will be trained in the coming years. Moreover the force will be increased by 1,100 police officers, the police academy will be expanded and candidate police officers will be better distributed among the units.
Minister Grapperhaus commented:
‘Recruitment of new police officers is an urgent issue in order to compensate for the greying of the force. This extra €91 million to improve deployability will make a significant difference here. In this way we are working to strengthen the police in a responsible manner.’
Funding to match local needs
The measures will be implemented at the local level by the police in consultation with local authorities, since the challenges vary from unit to unit. Hence the funding is being distributed as follows.
- North Netherlands will receive €4.4 million,
- East Netherlands €7.8 million,
- Central Netherlands €5.4 million,
- North Holland will receive €3.9 million and
- Amsterdam €5.9 million.
Due to the high number of candidate police officers in Rotterdam and The Hague these units are receiving supplementary funding, in total €7.8 million and €7.6 million respectively.
The Limburg, Zeeland-West Brabant and East Brabant units are currently faced with a synthetic drugs problem combined with environmental crime. Consequently these units are being assigned a slightly higher level of funding in relative terms. In addition, Limburg will receive extra funding due to the high level of staff there aged 55 and above. This means in total:
- €7.7 million for Limburg,
- €6.2 million for Zeeland-West Brabant and
- €6 million for East Brabant.