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PvdA Oost: doubts about stop and search

9 May 2008 - Like the Zeeburg district council before, the PvdA in Oost expresses doubts about Mayor Job Cohen's plan to expand stop and search operations. "I can't say that we're jubilant", says party leader Gery de Boer.

Last year, the VVD proposed to introduce stop and search in Oost in response to problems in the Transvaalbuurt. "At the time, a police commissioner told the council committee: you'd better think twice before you do that, for it will have quite an impact on the neighbourhood", De Boer says.

The PvdA has asked district chairman Martin Verbeet to invite Cohen to the meeting of the council committee next week to explain his plans, preferably accompanied by the police commissioner who knows the local situation.

De Boer considers camera surveillance and stop and search a last resort. Also, those measures will have little effect unless more is done. Further, the PvdA wants to know how the searches will be carried out. "Can just anybody be stopped?"

In the Transvaalbuurt, drugs dealers cause problems, making some people afraid to leave their houses. Recently, there has also been a rise in shop raids and in kids on scooters grabbing purses, De Boer says.

However, the PvdA wants to know more about the crime figures. "Is the increase really that large, or are people more inclined to report crimes to the police?"


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