Five police officers were discharged from the Horst/Peel en Maas base crew in Limburg for severe neglect of duty, current chief of the Limburg police Inge Godthelp-Teunissen declared on Friday. Punitive proceedings were taken against another group of six. They were caught on charges of harassment, bullying, leaking secret data, and misuse of power.
An inquiry was held in the Horst/Peel en Maas base crew last year in April after local police management gathered information about four employees acting unsuitably. The inquiry was extended to a total of 11 officers. They were discharged beforehand, and now those formally suspended cops were told that they were expected to be fired.
An inquiry of WhatsApp messages, data in the police network and conferences with police officers displayed that the alleged cops were guilty of single or more unsuitable actions circulating around harassment, discouraging behavior, bullying, leaking intimate info, and rebellious attitude, the police told in a declaration.
Grounded on the fallouts of this inquiry, five police officers were officially fired. The other six-faced punitive penalties, including downgrading, transfer to another squad, losing leave hours, or a downsized pay.
“This kind of behavior is unacceptable and that is also the reason why we are taking such firm action. The society we work for must be able to count on reliable police. That is one of the pillars on which we are building a safe Limburg,” Godthelp-Teunissen said.
This year in July, the Public Trial Service declared that around a thousand police documents that were related to these officers were being examined. If the officers committed misconduct in these cases, then these files may come useful in trial hearings.