Recently I had an interesting conversation with a police officer, someone who has been with the police for 20 years. The conversation was about the changed attitude of the police. At least, my question to her was whether the police have a different attitude today than they used to.
After all, we used to say: The Police is your best friend.
But lately, through social media, we have regularly witnessed the police not acting like a friend.
I asked her if these are just exaggerated incidents or if there has actually been a different culture in the police force since the corona crisis.
The officer told me that change happened a long time ago. “Politicians decided years ago that the police had to be stricter”.
I suspect that was partly based on an American success.
From 1994 to 2001, Rudi Giuliani (you know, Donald Trump's counsel) was mayor of New York. At the time, NY was a dangerous city with a very high crime rate. Rudi implemented the Zero Tollerance strategy. A policy whereby the police were ordered to take action against any wrongdoing. Even minor crimes were dealt with and punished, but he was also tough on organized crime and even dared to take on the mafia. And his strategy worked.
At a forum three months into his term as mayor, Giuliani mentioned that freedom does not mean that “people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority, a great deal of discretion about what you do and how you do it ”.
(Rudy Giuliani: Freedom does not mean that people can do anything they want, be anything they want. Freedom is about the willingness of each individual to give legal authority a great deal of confidence in what you do and how you do it).
Giuliani has made New York a safe city again
And he did that in a fantastic way.
But yes, if we leave such a thing to Dutch politicians ……
“For many years now, politicians have already focused on a larger police force and a stricter approach. "More blue on the street", was the slogan then. And so it happened ”. The agent told.
"But is it desirable that it degenerate into brutal violence by police units against innocent civilians?" I asked her.
“Well”, said the agent, “what you see on the YouTube videos is usually only part of the story. You see the videos start when the police use violence, but you don't see what happened before. And that gives a very distorted picture ”.
"You are right about that," I agreed. “But that also applies the other way around. The NOS and the other mainstream media show that conflicts or conflicts (whether or not staged) arise and stop filming as soon as the police start to beat it… ..
But anyway, madam, when I see images of an old man who is chased by 2 police officers on horseback and his skull is smashed with a long bar…. ”
"But that man had been ordered to leave the square," she said.
“Don't you think that's a bit of a heavy punishment, ma'am? Your skull is half smashed because your crime is that you are in the public square… ..
Is this really what the government is aiming for? In my opinion, the call for more police officers at the time was about reducing crime. And see what is happening now ”.
And then something very special happened.
The police officer told me that politicians are now aware of the disappearing support among the population and that they actually want to tighten the reins again when it comes to police action. But the new crop of police officers are used to their freedom and it is difficult to get it reversed. The genie is out of the bottle and it's hard to get it back in.
She assured me that this was her observation and not the position of the KLPD.
And of course I understood that. But what a revelation this is. What an enormous disgrace from the government.
The call for “More blue on the street” at the time has degenerated into anarchy of the police forces.
And of course it does not apply to every officer and every force. But the abuse of power is disproportionate, especially since the corona idiocy.
(Thanks to Frank Ruesink for his compilage)
They can also do something with the fire brigade.
Leen Schaap, ex-commander of the Amsterdam fire department recently wrote a book about this. In 'Brand in Amsterdam' he tells how in 2016 he was appointed by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan as commander of the Amsterdam-Amstelland fire service, with the difficult task of modernizing it and breaking through the unruly culture of racism, sexism and abuse of power.
In his book he describes how he experiences unprecedented resistance and opposition from day one. The power struggle that arises is accompanied by political games, intimidation and even threats. Leen Schaap said in a radio interview that this type of practice also occurs in the police forces.
Unfortunately, Mr Schaap has been put aside by Femke Halsema, the new mayor of Amsterdam. He thinks that the culture of the fire brigade must be respected.
Our reporter Jasper was also recently held up, harassed and fined by the police for a long time because he was on his way home from work after 21.00 p.m.
And that even though he had all his forms and documents with him.
The recordings of his meeting with the police can be heard in his 'Jasper Experience' number 13: