The status of the special investigation system

The status of the special investigation system

Final report on the system in which special investigating officers operate (full text available only in Dutch)


Special investigating officers investigate crime, but their investigative authority is limited to specific offences. They are authorized to perform specialized and well-delineated tasks based on special laws (regulatory legislation) and bye-laws of local and regional authorities.
Depending on their duties, special investigating officers have police powers (such as to arrest and search suspects) and carry weapons (e.g. a truncheon, handcuffs, or a service revolver). Special investigating officers are identifiable by a distinctive insignia.
The revision of the special investigation system in 2010 was prompted, among other things, by the severe fragmentation of the special investigation function over time, and the corresponding sharp rise in the number of occupations carrying special investigative authority. Furthermore, increasing demands were being made on special investigating officers, including in local security policy and environmental law enforcement.
The revision of the special investigation system is intended to help strengthen the professional standards of special investigating officers and to raise the quality of investigation.
This study set out to analyse the extent to which these objectives have been achieved in 2013, and to identify where further investments are needed.

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Mein, A.G., Hartmann, A.R.
Verwey-Jonker Institute, Erasmus University - School of Law
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