Netherlands Police And Military Face Special Forces Shortage

The Special Intervention Service, which is used to deal with terrorists threats, is struggling with a sever staff shortage. The service currently has dozens of open vacancies, especially for members of SWAT teams, military police, snipers and marines, AD reports.

Since the increased threat of terrorism in the Netherlands, an increasing number of specially trained and heavily armed police officers and soldiers need to be on standby 24 hours a day. “This puts an enormous amount of strain on my people”, said Remmert Heuff, head of the Special Intervention Service (DSI). “We urgently need people who can keep a cool head at high threat.” The National Police would not comment to AD about which of the DSI specialized units need staff the most. “That is classified, we don’t want to make terrorists wiser than necessary”, a spokesperson told the newspaper.


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