Dutch police officers making flying visit to Essex
Three Dutch police officers have spent time on the beat in
Chelmsford to broaden their experience of policing
Officers Patrick Bottinga, Eddy Hoekstra and Richard Vennema are
all nearing the end of an intensive four years of training in
Holland, involving two years of study and two years of practical
coalface police work. The trip to Essex was hosted and
coordinated by Essex Police College, with Sgt Louise Thomas-Unger,
Pc Terry Beeton and Pc Pete Gillgan all heavily involved.
During their three day visit, Richard spent much of his time with
traffic officers, whilst Patrick and Eddy wanted to learn about
British approaches to addressing anti-social behaviour.
Patrick and Eddy were able to attend an incident involving
allegations of nuisance youth behaviour near a pub, and observe the
actions of the neighbourhood policing team who were engaging with
local businesses, children and parents.
Patrick said: “Officers talked about the problem with the owner
of the pub, and will also be speaking with the children and their
parents. The solution will be to get all parties together,
and it’s vital to involve the children and parents.”
Pc Pete Gillgan and Pc Terry Beeton, Essex Police Professional
Development Officers, joined the Dutch constables out and about and
were delighted at the opportunity to share knowledge.
Pete said: “Anti-social behaviour is something that all
police forces and all nationalities experience, and it’s always
interesting to have input from people from other forces
Eddy’s favourite moment was being part of a “blue light run”
responding to an emergency call. Patrick was thrilled at the
welcome and access he and his colleagues were granted and the Dutch
team described their time in Essex as very positive.