AMSTERDAM — The police and the army in the Netherlands have established a new unit to deal with incidents involving terrorists or organised crime, the head of the national police service (KLPD) announced on Monday.
“For the first time police duties have been combined with defence activities,” KLPD boss Peter van Zunderd told a meeting to mark the New Year.
“This is an important development within our organisation to better tackle major organised crime gangs and terrorism,” he said.
The new squad has been named Dienst Speciale Interventies (DSI) – Special Intervention Service. It will be ready to be deployed at short notice to deal with incidents that involve serious violence or the threat of serious violence.
Apart from the KLPD, regional police services, the Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee) and the Marine Corp (Korps Mariniers) will also provide personnel for the DSI.
The new unit, which replaces the emergency response unit (Bijzondere Bijstandseenheid Snelle Interventie), will have its own sharpshooters and a range of operational experts.
“Combining these various units in one service will lead to faster and greater preparedness,” Van Zunderd said.