Over the past few weeks, dozens of Dutch police officers have been let go from their respective units following accusations of widespread corruption.

According to a new report from AD, police units across the country have been infiltrated by organized crime groups with some 19 Utrecht based officers – including senior officials – linked to notorious gang leader Ridouan Taghi – himself, awaiting trial for drug dealing and murder.

Aside from the Utrecht officers, police in Amsterdam and Limburg have also found themselves accused of corruption and security breaches in, what many are afraid is only the “tip of the iceberg”.

In fact, in Amsterdam, the most recent incident involving “professional misconduct” is the Dutch capital’s seventh in the last two months. Infractions have ranged from stalking and fraud to secrecy violations.

Chairman of the police union, Jan Strujis states of the situation: “Our officers are being approached by stealth by criminals…It happens at every level. Officers need to be trained to deal with it in a good and responsible manner.”

Source: DutchNews.nl