Wide public support for the police
The public at large supports the way in which the police operate, but this does not imply that Dutch citizens always support police actions and follow their instructions. Older people tend to be more law-abiding citizens than younger generations.
Police actions tie in with citizens’ expectations
Dutch people largely agree with police actions and the way the police operate. In 2011, a vast majority of 60 to 70 percent in the population supported the police in their actions last year and thought the police safeguard values they regard as important. Only one in ten disagreed.
Public support for the police (propositions), 2011
Critical attitude towards police
Despite the wide public support, it is not self-evident that people are always loyal to the police. Only few people in the Netherlands never question police actions and support them through thick and thin. A majority in the population think they should obey police orders and follow their instructions. The percentage of people who think it is their duty to do as the police tells them is obviously higher than those who disagree.
Loyalty towards police (propositions), 2011
Support and loyalty most common in older population
Over-65s are most law-abiding. Loyalty to the police is also highest in this age category. The difference between over-65a and 15 to
25- year-olds is considerable. There is hardly any difference between men and women or city-dwellers and villagers with respect to support and loyalty.
Support and loyalty towards the police by age, 2011