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What is it like to study at the Netherlands Police Academy?

Would you like to work as a Police Officer, detective, or supervisor within the Netherlands Police force? Then you’ll first undergo police training at either level 4 or HBO level. During these training programs, you’ll alternate between the Netherlands Police Academy and practical training. As a student, you’ll be appointed to a police unit. 

What kinds of training are available?

Basic police training and hbo police training 

All training programmes are at level 4 of hbo level. You start with a job with the Netherlands Police. Once you successfully complete the course, you can start working for the Netherlands Police, as you will possess the experience, knowledge, and skills needed.

Specialist training courses

These training courses are open to experienced, professionally competent Police Officers. You can specialise in areas such as criminal investigations, emergency response and leadership. The courses are mainly of a part-time nature. This allows you to combine training with work.

There are also specialised training programs for those not yet working within the Netherlands Police. One example is forensic training, which allows you to work directly in forensic criminal investigations. Or you put your financial knowledge to use in the context of criminal investigations. To do so, you will take the Police Officer Specific Deployment (Politiemedewerker Specifieke Inzet, PSI) course. This will yield you the general criminal investigation license.

Higher police education

Higher police education is education for students who start with a Netherlands Police job. You can also take training courses when you are already working for the Netherlands Police. In that case, you increase your specialisation in a particular field. The programmes are at undergraduate (bachelor’s) and graduate (master’s) level and are lasting for two to four years.

The undergraduate and graduate programmes are accredited. This means that the courses meet special requirements. They are assessed every six years by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), which in so doing monitors the quality of higher education.

Learning landscape

The Netherlands Police Academy provides police education and knowledge and research work. We contribute to developing sound professionalism within the Netherlands Police. We do this in cooperation with others in the police learning landscape, including organisations from both inside and outside the Netherlands Police. 

We develop and provide police education. We also administer the examinations. We provide education on the tasks performed by the Netherlands Police. We base our offering on the laws, regulations, and powers. 

Qualifying police training

The courses give access to the police profession or other fields. We provide students and Police Officers with entry-level and professional competence at various levels. Students or Police Officers receive a certificate or diploma upon completing the training. This depends on the type of training. 

Certificates and diplomas

For basic police training, you will receive a diploma. Which diploma you receive depends on the course you have taken. This diploma is comparable to that of a regular vocational study programme. 

We also offer police training for certain specific jobs or operations. The Police Officer receives a certificate after completing the training, education, course, or module. Police Officers also require recertification. The unit’s Operational Guidance and Training (Operationele Begeleiding en Training, OBT) department provides these courses. 

We provide other police training courses aimed at maintaining, deepening, or broadening police professionalism. You receive a certificate of attendance for these courses. 

Cooperation with units

We conduct police training in collaboration with the various units. How intensively you work together varies from course to course. We work together based on shared responsibility and equality. We coordinate all tasks. 

Training agile and resilient Police Officers 

We are tasked with training students to become agile and resilient Police Officers that meet the needs of the society of tomorrow. Agile and resilient Police Officers are critical, enterprising, inquisitive, internationally oriented, and possess 21st-century skills. These are generic skills. These generic skills and the associated knowledge, insight and attitude are needed to function in and contribute to the network society.

The unpredictable police profession also requires resilience. To give cadets a strong foundation, we pay a lot of attention to personal development and resilience in training. 

The focal points of personal development and resilience in basic training are:

  • The introduction week
  • Attendance during the first academic year
  • Sports and nutrition
  • Multi-day events
  • Connection and awareness of instructors

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