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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 .


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.

INTERPOL The Hague in action
15 October 2018

Wildlife crime: experts recommend an integrated global response

LONDON, United Kingdom - An INTERPOL working meeting to define global strategy and coordinated action in tackling wildlife crime has closed in London with a call to boost multi-sector cooperation via INTERPOL.INTERPOL’s 29th Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting brought together 170 experts from wildlife and park authorities in 45 countries to pave the way...
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
23 September 2016

Tackling organized crime in Latin America and Caribbean focus of INTERPOL meeting

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – Addressing the global problem of Latin American and Caribbean drug crime and its links to other serious crimes, particularly migrant smuggling and human trafficking, was the focus of INTERPOL’s third annual Project Fortaleza meeting held in the Curaçao capital. Project Fortaleza provides Latin American and Caribbean law enforcement w...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
11 January 2016

INTERPOL Chief says fight against terrorism at decisive stage

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – The combination of shifts in travel patterns, attacks far from conflict zones, online communications and fraudulent travel documents have led to a ‘decisive stage’ in the fight against terrorism, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has warned.Addressing the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) working groups of the Global Coun...
13 April 2015

INTERPOL coordinates global operation to take down Simda botnet

SINGAPORE - The Simda botnet, believed to have infected more than 770,000 computers worldwide, has been targeted in a global operation coordinated from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.In a series of simultaneous actions around the world, on Thursday 9 April, 10 command and control servers were seized in the Netherlands, with...
23 July 2014

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...

Digitize the crime scene: fiction becomes reality (CSI The Hague)

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Age today: 17 years old
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European Regional Conference 2003
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  • 19th INTERPOL General Assembly - 19-21 June 1950 - The Hague

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