It’s going to be a busy year for the police. They will be about 1400 agents short this year. More agents are needed, especially in large cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
The police have many duties. They should not only arrest criminals, but also keep watch during demonstrations, for example. And they have to make sure that people adhere to the corona rules.
People can also start to notice the shortage of officers on the street. For example, the police do not always have time to talk to local residents. Nor will they investigate petty crime, such as bicycle theft.
The problem will not be solved until 2025. Then the police trained many new people to become officers. When they start working, the shortage is over.