The Dutch Boa Bond (NBB) believes that minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) should, by means of an urgent procedure, ensure that extraordinary investigative officers (boas) are armed with a baton and pepper spray. NBB chairman Ruud Kuin asked for this in a letter to the minister.
On Tuesday, Kuin responded to two violent incidents last Easter weekend.
In Amsterdam, four boas were injured when they were attacked by a group of about ten people. A boa suffered a concussion as a result.
And in Rotterdam, boas were kicked, beaten and spat at fining people who had not adhered to the corona measures.
According to Kuin, the corona crisis means that enforcers need pepper spray and a baton harder than ever. “After all, it is by definition about enforcement against groups of three or more and large fines. Both circumstances by definition lead to more resistance and aggression,” the letter says.
“More people get annoyed”
The union already announced on Tuesday that more and more affiliated members report that people react annoyed when they are held accountable for complying with the corona rules.
Almost a year ago, the Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema decided to equip boas in the city with pepper spray. She submitted an application for this to Minister Grapperhaus. However, the boas still do not have the means of defense. That is why Kuin is now asking for an urgent procedure.
“Today, major and far-reaching decisions are being taken in a very short time in the interest of public health. We believe that this should also apply to the urgent procedure we have requested.”
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