The Police Education Council

The Police Education Council is an independent advisory body created by law in 2003. The Council provides solicited and unsolicited advice to the Minister of Justice & Security on matters of police education and training in the Netherlands. The Council uses input from the Police Academy, the Police and other stakeholders in police education as well as regular vocational and higher education. In addition, the Council is a dialogue platform for parties directly or indirectly involved in police education and training in the Netherlands. A small bureau provides administrative and secretarial support to the Council.

Areas of concern

The Police Act 2012 assigns the following tasks to the Council:

  • To maintain and improve the Dutch Police Qualifications Framework for police education and training regarding developments on the labour markets
  • To advise on the quality requirements for learning on the job
  • To stimulate a good working relationship between on the one hand police education and training and on the other hand regular vocational and higher education
  • To advise on the four-year agenda for policing research

Working committees

Four working committees have been created within the Council:

  • The working committee on Qualifications
  • The working committee on Police Education and Training
  • The working committee on Research
  • The working committee on Shielded Qualifications

Each committee analyses and discusses topics within its remit and presents its findings to the Council as a foundation for the Council’s advice to the Minister of Justice & Security.


Members of the Council and the working committees are drawn from the Police, the Police Academy, the police unions, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, public administration, vocational education and higher education. The Council has an independent chair and vice-chair. All members of the Council are appointed by a royal decree issued by the government for a maximum of two six-year periods.


Dr. F.C. (Frank) Hoogewoning, general secretary to the Council
M.B.J. (Maria) Klaassen, office manager

Koninginnegracht 62, Den Haag, NL

PO Box 25842,
2502 HV Den Haag.
Telephone +31-610019439
E-mail: [email protected]

Selected reports (in Dutch) since 2014:

  • Twice a year: Updates and improvements of the Dutch Police Qualifications Framework
  • Speaking of good police education and training – a solid base for a continuous dialogue (2023) – with summary in English
  • Lifelong learning and self-improvement in policing (2022)
  • In search of blue talent. Motivating, recruiting, selecting, and guiding aimed at a more inclusive workforce (2021)
  • Let's get digital! A firm base for a digitally skilled police force (2020)
  • Exploration on police work with an Associate degree (2020)
  • The future of the Dutch Police Qualifications Framework (2018)
  • Partnerships in education and training: a framework for decision-making (2018)
  • Learning on the job as part of initial police training (2018)
  • Qualifications for police officers with specific tasks (2018)
  • Towards a future proof police organization (2018)
  • Accreditation of prior learning at the Dutch police (2018)
  • Qualifications and training opportunities for community beat officers in 2025 (2017)
  • Initial training for the role of Assistant to the Public Prosecutor; advice on updating the qualification (2017)
  • Pathways towards future proof police education and training (2016)
  • A draft of learning on the job at the Dutch police; a review of literature (2016)
  • Police skills for the higher educated; a comparison between examination requirements of the qualification ‘Bachelor in Policing’ and the Police Academy higher education course in policing (2015)
  • Strategic Research Agenda for the Dutch Police 2015-2019 (2014)