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Law enforcement services in The Netherlands are managed by the Minister of Security and Justice. 

Reorganized into one single national police force in January 2013, the new National Police of the Netherlands, called ‘Politie’ in Dutch, is made up of 10 regional units, a Central Unit for specialist police activities and a Police Service Centre for all business operations. The new structure is characterized by strong cooperation within one organization, performed seamlessly at three policing levels: local, regional and national.

Force Command

The Force Command, which has a headquarters function, develops policy and makes strategic decisions at national level. Composed of the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and the Chief Information Officer, the Force Command is supported by the Commissioner's Staff.

Central Unit

Whilst each regional unit is operationally self-sufficient, the National Police includes one central unit which performs both independent and support tasks. Headed by a Chief Constable, the Central Unit is responsible for cross-regional and specialist police activities, including forensic investigations, canine and equestrian units and helicopter police.

Operational divisions of the Central Unit include:

  • Central Operations Division: coordination, monitoring and steering of national police operations;
  • Central Criminal Investigations Division: serious organized crime, sex crimes committed against children, environmental crime, terrorism and high-tech crime;
  • Central Operational Cooperation Division: operational support and sophisticated technological services for covert activities. Includes the National Forensic Service Centre;
  • Central Infrastructure Division: safety and crime fighting along the main transport arteries and hubs in The Netherlands;
  • Central Security and Protection Division: protection of individuals, objects and services at national, regional, and local levels. Works closely with the National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism and the Public Prosecution Service;
  • Special Interventions Division: serious violence and terrorism;
  • Central Intelligence Division: coordination of law enforcement information in the Netherlands and its exchange at international level. INTERPOL The Hague is part of the Central Intelligence Division.

Regional Units

Headed by a Chief Constable, each of the 10 regional units is responsible for police activities in that region. Each unit includes:

  • Regional Operations Division: the link between the regional police organization and the activities of the police on the ground;
  • Regional Criminal Investigations Division: investigation of criminal groups and serious crime;
  • Regional Intelligence Division: provides the Regional Unit with up-to-date information in the form of threat assessments and advice;
  • Regional Operational Cooperation Division: conflict and crisis management, this division also functions as a service centre for calls from the public.

Each regional unit is geographically sub-divided into a number of police districts made up of precincts, referred to as ‘Robust Frontline Teams’, which serve the municipality or several small municipalities. The districts are the link between the regional level of the unit and the local level at which the frontline teams operate. All districts have a Criminal Investigations Team, an Intelligence Centre and a Flex Team.  District Flex Teams can provide temporary additional human resources to help frontline teams address specific events.  Their core task is to support problem-driven responses, both in public order and in criminal investigation.

Independent law enforcement bodies

In addition to the National Police, other independent national law enforcement bodies include:

  • The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee;
  • Customs;
  • The Fiscal Information and Investigation Service;
  • The Social Intelligence and Investigation Service;
  • Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate;
  • Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority .

INTERPOL The Hague

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for The Netherlands works with all INTERPOL member countries, linking their investigations to Dutch law enforcement bodies and the public prosecution services. It helps INTERPOL NCBs worldwide to carry out investigations involving The Netherlands or Dutch nationals abroad.

The NCB, called the INTERPOL Desk as part of the Central Intelligence Division, operates as the national point of contact for domestic law enforcement agencies requiring help in international investigations.

It is made up of 12 people whose task is the swift and efficient exchange of sensitive information within the INTERPOL community, using INTERPOL’s secure global police network, I-24/7.

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INTERPOL protocols to identify flight MH 17 victims continue in Netherlands

LYON, France – A second INTERPOL response team will be deployed to the Netherlands as part of international efforts to identify all 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17.Following the offer by the Netherlands to provide secure and equipped facilities, after an initial examination in Kharkiv, Ukraine all victims’ remains will be transported to Hilv...
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Nuclear Security Summit calls for greater information-sharing with INTERPOL

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands ‒ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) that better information-sharing is required to address significant gaps in international preparedness for nuclear security threats.The INTERPOL chief said that further to the Organization’s pledge at the 2012 Seoul summit to collect and...
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INTERPOL agreement with Eurojust to enhance law enforcement and justice cooperation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and justice in combating serious and organized crime has been concluded by INTERPOL and Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit.Signed by Eurojust President Ms Michèle Coninsx and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, the MoU...
07 August 2012

US and Dutch police cooperation using INTERPOL tools in child sex abuse investigation sets a global example

LYON, France – Decisive action by US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in sharing seized child sexual abuse images with specialist investigators worldwide via INTERPOL, resulting in the break-up of an international abuse network, has been commended by the head of the world police body as ‘exemplary’ in global...
04 July 2012

Dutch football association visits INTERPOL to boost sports integrity cooperation

LYON, France ‒ Senior officials from the governing body of football in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), have met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at the world police body’s General Secretariat to discuss cooperation with INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport Unit.With INTERPOL having agreed a 10-year initiative wi...
15 November 2011

International table top exercise to prevent chemical weapon terror attacks hosted by the Netherlands

More than 120 representatives from 35 countries took part in Chemshield 2011, an international table top exercise focusing on preventing terrorist attacks with chemical weapons, organized by the Netherlands National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security.The four-day event (8-11 November) which follows the successful international nuclear exercise...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
13 December 2010

International police co-operation leads to Amsterdam arrest of alleged serial child sexual abuser

LYON, France – Amsterdam police have launched a large investigation into a child sexual abuse case involving a preschool substitute teacher who as a result of international law enforcement co-operation via INTERPOL has been arrested on suspicion of molesting up to 50 very young children.The investigation was launched after the image of a young b...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...

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