Higher Police Education in the Netherlands

  • Jan Heinen
  • Harry Peeters


The Police Academy of the Netherlands was founded in 1992. Ten years later, a radical metamorphosis of police education has been enacted (Grotendorst et al. 2002) of which the occupational profiles have been recalibrated in 2011 (Nijhof et al. 2011). Since 2006, the Police Academy has the status of University of Applied Sciences, granted by the Ministry of Education, which is required in the Netherlands to be allowed to award (accredited) bachelor and master degrees and to establish research chairs (called lectorates). In January 2017, the Police Academy will become part of the Dutch National Police on which behalf it is the selection and recruitment centre for training, knowledge and research. So far, almost 2000 students accomplished initial training programmes, that is, the vocational curricula and the Bachelor of Policing. More than 25,000 students attended post-initial training programmes with respect to five master programmes and detective, commander and specific police tasks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Heinen
    • 1
  • Harry Peeters
    • 2
  1. 1.Police Academy of the NetherlandsApeldoornThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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