Two agents were mistreated on Saturday night. One agent was beaten by a 17-year-old boy in Zoetermeer and the other was beaten several times in Castricum by a 27-year-old woman.
The policeman in Zoetermeer was wounded around 4.30 am. He broke his nose during a fight with a seventeen-year-old boy from The Hague. The suspect was arrested after the incident.
The police received a message during the night that there would be a fight between different people. When the officer tried to calm the fight, he got a punch in the face. According to the police, the seventeen-year-old suspect resisted his arrest.
Around 02.30 a fight took place in the center of Castricum. A police officer was assaulted by a 27-year-old woman who was arrested immediately after this. The woman hit the cop several times in the face.
The police report that within the group of fighting people a seventeen-year-old boy from Heemskerk was waving a large knife. The boy has been arrested.
"Police do not tolerate verbal or physical violence against police officers"
In the messages on the police website, she emphasizes "not to tolerate verbal or physical violence against police officers and others with a public task".
According to the police, a perpetrator is not only criminally, but also financially punished for causing damage.
At the beginning of September a Rotterdam agent was beaten unconscious when checking out a noisy wedding procession in Rotterdam. A day later, three of his colleagues were injured in a detention in the same city. The largest police trade union ACP expressed its horror at this. "We are not dealing here with a trend, but with a structural problem."
Already five thousand violent incidents in the first half of 2019
Five thousand incidents of violence occurred in the first half of this year alone. This is evident from police figures that were published earlier this month.
Some agents were spit on, others were confronted with insults and even (serious) abuse. Most incidents are registered in The Hague and Rotterdam. Figures from last year already showed that violence against agents has increased: in 2018 there were 10,593 incidents compared to 9,598 incidents in 2017 (pdf).
Helma Huizing of the corps leadership said earlier that the number of violent incidents has been fluctuating around ten thousand for years. "It's way too much. Just let our people do their work," said Huizing.