Making the police future-proof

Police and law enforcement / Clearance rate

Making the police future-proof

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Almost 5 years ago a huge operation started turning the decentralized Dutch police into a national organization under the command of one national superintendant. There were high expectations, like more efficiency, better ICT and higher crime solving rates. However, the reorganization led to a lot of insecurity and job changes for police officers. It seems the reorganization has been done in too much haste, because five years later the police struggles with many problems, like lower crime solving rates, continuing ICT problems, a lack of higher educated staff and public criticism relating to integrity issues and ethnnic profiling . The central theme of this special issue is what can be done to solve these problems and make the police future-proof. The first article analyzes what went wrong in the reorganization process. The second focuses on criminal investigation and the efforts to improve its performance. The significance of lower crime solving rates and the effect on public debate feelings of insecurity is discussed in a separate article. Then there is a contribution on public trust in the police, based on a research in a disadvantaged neigbourhood in Rotterdam. The changing role of the police in a superdiverse society is discussed in another article. Results of a comparative case study of 24 metropolises show a a major focus on risk management strategies, so is concluded in one of the contributions. The special issue ends with a book review of a recently appeared publication on the French police, which has been a national organization for 75 years.



Publication data

Place of publication:
The Hague
Boom juridisch
Year of publication:
Justitiële verkenningen 2017/04