Use of municipal special investigation officers dealing with shoplifters

Police and law enforcement / Police authority

Use of municipal special investigation officers dealing with shoplifters

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Summary

In the Netherlands, nuisance and minor offences are enforced by municipal officers with limited investigative powers the so called Special Investigative Officers (SIO's). On the initiative of the Minister of Security and Justice, an experiment was organized to test whether these municipal SIO's could be used to assist police in dealing with shoplifters arrested in the act by private guards or store personnel. The objective of the experiment was to see whether the use of municipal officers could improve retailers’ satisfaction with the reporting process – and thereby increase their willingness to report shoplifting incidents – without increasing the workload of the police.

Publication data

Author(s):
Kruize, P., Gruter, P.
Organization(s):
Ateno , WODC
Place of publication:
Amsterdam
Publisher:
Ateno
Year of publication:
2013

Order information

Address:
Ateno - Bureau voor Criminaliteitsanalyse
Phone:
020-7850799
E-mailaddress:
bureau@ateno.nl
Website:
www.ateno.nl