The top of the Dutch police have no "adequate" and "unambiguous" view of how many staff can be deployed within the police. The Court of Audit reports this on Tuesday in an investigation.
According to the Court of Audit, employability and the ability to schedule police officers is not equally divided between different units and basic police teams. In total there are 10 regional units in the Netherlands in 43 different districts and 168 basic teams.
The Court's investigation revealed that 71.4 percent of police officers could be deployed between mid-July 2018 and mid-July last year. However, according to the Court, this average figure does not give a good picture of the situation in practice and the employability percentage varies considerably per region. This varies from 64.4 percent to 77.8 percent.
In the analysis, the Court of Audit expresses its opinion on the large difference per region. "We see that some units and base teams have an overcrowding and others have an undercrowding," the analysis said. The Court of Audit makes several recommendations to the police. For example, it recommends providing a system with which "unambiguous and useful" information can be obtained about the scheduling of personnel. The Court also advises to ensure a clear definition of employability and scheduling.
The police said they did not agree with the conclusion from the report in a response. "The police have a clear view at all levels of the presence of personnel in order to be able to do the desired management at that level," the statement says.
"It is important that information reaches the right person in the right form at the right time and in the right form. This always works better and helps to be open about one's own performance and to learn from it," the police said. The police do, however, share the Court's conviction that the pressure on police officers has always been too high.