Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dutch Police only Solve Small Amount of Crimes

The Algemene Rekenkamer, (National Accounting Office) has concluded that only a small part of complaints with the police is investigated, leading to prosecutions and punishment by the judges. Out of 800,000 national complaints about violence or theft, more than 500,000 never arrived at the prosecution office. It is unclear why this is the case. Information about this is lacking. Also in files that the prosecution sends back to the police for more information, it is unclear what happens with them. There is a great discrepancy in opinion on how many cases do arrive at the courts. The police speak about 60,000 – the courts about 95,000. In some 50,000 cases, perpetrators are actually sentenced. Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice agrees with the conclusions of the report.

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