Racism in Dutch police, whistleblowers silenced

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Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Whistleblowers at the police in The Hague no longer felt safe

The officers who reported abuses at the police station on the Hoefkade in The Hague left for another police station. Some did it voluntarily, others no longer felt safe there, says Jan Struijs, chairman of the Dutch Police Association, in the NOS Radio 1 Journal.

Struijs has recently had conversations with people from the Schilderswijk office and calls the examples of discrimination by police officers and excessive violence “horrifying.” Yesterday it was announced that there was a sick culture at the police station in The Hague. Sources tell the NOS that there have been several incidents involving excessive force against detainees, after which an attempt was made to cover it up. It involves four to eight officers.

Silent culture

There is an internal investigation into the state of affairs. “The investigation takes far too long. The first reports to managers are more than a year old”, said the trade unionist. “As a result, there is now big silence. People do not dare to speak out or they will see: if you report, then you can get into serious trouble.”

A targeted approach is not forthcoming. Struijs cites the example of a police commissioner at the Hoefkade who clearly said that it should be finished: ‘we do not tolerate discrimination and intimidation. My door is always open’. “And then she leaves three weeks later to do another job, while she knew that there are major problems at this station.” Struijs does not know whether she left voluntarily or not. …

The police association receives reactions from all over the country to the story about the The Hague officers. Police feel the impact of the accusation of discrimination and violence and are called to account by the public.

The police association is urging that more people should be put on the investigation so that it can be completed quickly. “We have to learn from this. What creates such a culture? Why do people not dare to report? Why are people being bullied? We should do all we can.”

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