The national police force formed on 1 January 2013 must save €76.5 million a year on its real estate costs as from 2025. As a fledgling organisation, has it fulfilled all the conditions necessary to achieve this cost saving target? This was the central question of our audit.
We have audited whether the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Security & Justice (V&J) have improved the measures taken to combat money laundering since our previous audit in 2008. We concluded that the Ministers have invested in strengthening capacity, expertise and information exchange but they cannot yet say to what effect.
The Court of Audit published an audit report entitled ICT in the Police Service 2010 on 23 June 2011. The audit was carried out at the request of the Minister of Security and Justice. The request was made at the insistence of the House of Representatives in mid-November 2010. The report includes a reconstruction of developments in ICT in the police service and an analysis of the problems and risks in the steering and management of ICT. One of the main developments in recent years was the establishment of the Dutch Police Cooperation Facility (VTSPN) in July 2006. The audit paid special attention to the information systems in place for police officers and detectives, such as the standard facilities for enforcement (BVH), investigation (BVO) and capacity management (BVCM).
Ministries should better determine whether the lessons learned from parliamentary investigations and inquiries are really put into practice. This is the main conclusion in the report we published on 11 October 2007