The Dutch National Police has the crucial and unique task of maintaining law and order in the Netherlands. In a complex and rapidly changing society, this is a highly dynamic task. Police work is laborious and complex, so continuous professionalization is required to meet the high expectations of society and the political establishment.The Police Academy ensures that the police have the best people available, and enables these people to develop their skills and talents on a continuous basis. One important focus is the combination of expertise, skills, professional attitude and behaviour. The Police Academy uses available innovative technology such as apps, professional gaming and virtual reality training.
The Basic Police Training is aimed at recruits who stand at the threshold of their policing career. There are various basic training levels, varying from vocational (levels 2, 3 and 4) to college and university level. The police training system is competence-based, to tie in with police practice and the authorities and competencies police officers need to be able to do their job. Students alternately following training at the academy and then an internship within the police force. Both at the Police Academy and in the police force, students work on their assignments to complete their proof of competence. These assignments are tasks and problems police officers are regularly faced with and which are characteristic for their profession.
The Specialist Police Training programmes are advanced courses for experienced police officers. The Police Academy offers them the opportunity to specialize in a specific field, such as crime investigation, immigration, traffic, environment, risk management and police leadership.
The combination of education and work (dual system) is one of the pillars of police training. It makes the Police Academy and the police force partners in safety and security. Starting point is the fact that a student has a position with a police force (regional or national unit). The police force is responsible for the recruitment, probationary period, payment, performance and assessment interviews. The Police Academy has the (final) responsibility for the quality of training.
Within the Police Academy, knowledge and research are aimed at improving and strengthening the policing profession. All activities are aimed at improving police practices and enhancing training and education. Implementing knowledge is at the forefront. To achieve this goal, the academy is in continuous contact with educational institutes and the police force.