Minister gives green light for new National Units

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Minister gives green light for new National Units

The Netherlands – Minister Yeşilgöz of Justice and Security has formally given the green light for the formation of two new National Units within the police. She writes this in a letter to the House of Representatives. The names of the new units have also been announced: National Expertise and Operations Unit and National Investigations and Interventions Unit.

The minister’s aim is for the current National Unit of the police to cease to exist on 1 January 2024 and two new national units to be created. The minister will initiate the necessary amendments to the regulations for this purpose. She agrees with the way in which the police want to implement the changes within the force. Employees, works council and trade unions will be closely involved in the formation of the two new units, the minister writes.

New names

The National Expertise and Operations Unit will support the police throughout the Netherlands with specialist expertise and deployment of equipment in operations that are too large for one unit. This concerns, among other things, the integrated enforcement and investigation task on the infrastructure and the national capacities for monitoring and security.

In addition, there will be a unit called Unit National Investigation and Interventions. This new unit works on a national and international level to combat serious and organized crime, terrorism and cybercrime in cooperation with the regional units and partners. The names for the new units were chosen following an employee survey.

Cause

The changes were prompted by a series of signals, incidents and investigations within a number of units of the National Unit. Employees in different teams were confronted with an unsafe working atmosphere and not all teams and departments worked well together. The Schneiders Committee later found that this was partly due to the organizational structure and the multiplicity of tasks and the position of the unit within the police force as a whole. With a clear, new structure, cooperation within the unit and with the other units in the country can improve. Furthermore, the rapidly changing crime and the way in which it must be combated makes the need for change even more urgent.

Culture change

In addition to a different structure, the two new units will consciously work on a culture change, appropriate leadership and investment in professional development. In the meantime, the work of the National Unit for all other police units continues.

Leadership

The Schneiders Committee also recommended investigating to what extent the managers of the current National Unit are able and willing to keep up with all the changes. The new units need managers who support the transition, show themselves what is desirable behavior in the workplace and limit undesirable behaviour. This is examined in a so-called survey among about 500 managers. This review is intended to help managers develop further so that they can lead the transition. The minister can imagine that it is exciting for people and can cause uncertainty to be viewed. She emphasizes that ‘the chimney is not an instrument for dealing with managers’.

Peace

In her letter, the minister also points out that the changes will take several years. And that it takes time before employees really notice it. The Schneiders committee has now been transformed into a monitoring committee that will continue to carefully monitor the changes until July 2024. The monitoring committee reports to the minister every four months.

The money that lays a foundation for the further development of the two national units is there. For now, the minister wants to give the police peace and space to make the transition a success.

Clarity

Police chief Oscar Dros of the national unit is happy that the minister has approved the plans. “This is going to change a lot for all of us. We are going to work together in a new way. Now we can fully continue with the split and the formation of the two new units. Units with two clear names, which clearly show what kind of work we do.’

Deputy Chief of Police Liesbeth Huyzer indicates that ‘together we are on our way to two new units, with a safe work culture for everyone, with good leadership and plenty of room for expertise. This will enable us, together with national and international partners, to work even better towards a safer Netherlands.

Downloads

Letter from the minister to the House of Representatives
Decision note

Information source: Politie.nl

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