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ZO!34 – Drenthe government agencies join forces

ZO!34 – Drenthe government agencies join forces
ZO!34 – Drenthe government agencies join forces
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Drenthe government agencies signed the Drenthe Approach to Undermining today in Emmen. Photo: Iris Sijbom

Today the Drenthe Approach to Undermining was signed in Emmen by the Drenthe municipalities, water boards and the province. They agree that they will work together to combat crime. They have drawn up 28 goals about awareness, information, rules, resilience and communication.

The collaboration is used because criminals also do not take municipal boundaries into account. The mayor of Emmen, Eric van Oosterhout, is leading the approach against undermining crime. “Together we can tackle undermining more efficiently and effectively,” says Van Oosterhout. “It enables us to take measures to prevent us from unintentionally facilitating undermining crime.”


What is subversion?

 De term ondermijning is misschien een ingewikkelde term die in de dagelijkse gesprekken niet vaak wordt gebruikt. Doordat criminelen voor hun illegale activiteiten gebruiken kunnen maken van legale bedrijven en diensten, vervagen normen en neemt het gevoel van veiligheid en leefbaarheid. Dat effect, aldus de Rijksoverheid, is ondermijning.

Abuse of vulnerable people

Debilitating crime mainly affects vulnerable people, such as young people who are recruited for criminal activities and people who need care but do not receive it and are sometimes even exploited.

The Drenthe Approach to Undermining contains 28 goals about awareness, information, rules, resilience and communication. The leaders of the municipalities, water boards and province will work together with the Regional Information and Expertise Center (RIEC) Northern Netherlands and the Regional Implementation Service Drenthe (RUDD) to achieve these goals.

Examples include:

The undermining bus goes to all Drenthe municipalities to make people aware of undermining. A project is being started in the province to make the countryside safer, with information meetings and visits to farmers. Awareness sessions are organized for employees of the participating agencies on, for example, human trafficking and healthcare fraud. Municipalities, water boards and provinces will be provided with reporting points where employees can report signs of undermining. Supervisors and BOAs in Drenthe are trained in tackling undermining. All municipalities have policies in place that allow properties containing drugs to be closed. There is regional cooperation on inspections.


The article is in Dutch

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