03 April 2020 – Established temporary measures to protect police

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Policing and justice
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The Dutch Government has approved a bill to protect frontline police officers during COVID-19.

The bill provides for a number of temporary measures to ensure police can do their jobs safely. This includes allowing certain crimes to be filed electronically (e.g. property crimes); limiting contact with the public at police stations; dealing with people who intentionally cough and spit at officers, including testing for COVID-19, and using mouth shields when transporting suspects.

The measures also suspend physical contact training and extend certificates of police dog-handlers, hunting deeds, security organizations and arms holders.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/documenten/kamerstukken/2020/04/03/kamerbrief-maatregelen-politie-naar-aanleiding-van-het-coronavirus