Dutch Police Service

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. The agglomeration of Amsterdam is 357 square kilometres, has 900.000 inhabitants of 117 nationalities, 17.000 illegal immigrants and 4 million tourists per annum. The Amsterdam Police has more than 5400 members with 216 dedicated neighbourhood offices, 4 districts and 17 base teams. As of January 2013 the Amsterdam Police became part of the newly formed National Police Service. The Amsterdam Police are dedicated to liveability, safety and security and law enforcement is primarily seen as a mean to these ends. As a consequence there is intensive cooperation between the police and a variety of organizations in different domains. The cooperation with the public health service is especially important, for example on substance abuse, violence, and mental health. The Amsterdam Police value close connections with citizens and diverse communities and invests in structural networks with minority groups, including illegal immigrants.




Public Health Service of Amsterdam

The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) covers a wide field of public health activities. About 1300 men and women are employed by the GGD, spread all over the city and neighbour communities that are part of the GGD’s health care area. The main building which is head office is situated at the Nieuwe Achtergracht.

Almost all residents of Amsterdam visit the GGD at least once in their lives. Parents of young children regularly visit a child health centre, travellers to the tropics are advised and properly vaccinated and he or she who is troubled by cockroaches, mice or rats calls in the pest control service. Besides this the GGD is dedicated to secure the health and well-being of e.g. drug addicts, homeless people and prostitutes.

But all provided services, taken for granted these days, have been at some point the novelties of yesterday’s era. The GGD has in the 107 years of its existence, during constantly changing circumstances, in many ways contributed in improving the city’s health conditions.



City of Amsterdam

City of Amsterdam

The Department of Public Order and Safety of the City of Amsterdam is part of the Mayor’s office and is responsible for the safety policy of the city of Amsterdam.