Minister Grapperhaus of Justice and Security has approved of allocating 291 million euros to hiring 1,100 police officers across the Netherlands.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Drenthe reports that the northern Netherlands region will get 82 extra officers. The current government coalition agreed to set aside 291 million euros to invest in the national police.
Grapperhaus wants an additional 770 community officers, 171 major crimes officers and 170 dedicated to international cybercrime. NOS reports that most of the new agents will go to the Eastern Netherlands (226), Zeeland/West Brabant (135) and Rotterdam (126) regions.
Starting in 1993, there were 26 separate regional police forces. In 2013, they all became part of a single national police force with headquarters in The Hague and ten reorganised regions.