Police and policing: the Dutch drug policy (abstract)

Speaker: J. F. Abma (Senior Policy adviser in the Organized Crime Unit of the Law Enforcement department of the Dutch Ministry of Justice; Netherlands).

The goal of the Dutch drug policy is: to prevent and reduce drug use, certainly in so far as it causes damage to health and to society, and to prevent and reduce the damage associated with drug use, drug production and the drugs trade. In the last 15 years there have been various positions to put in balance pragmatism and harm reduction on one side and repression on the other. Does repression help to limit drug abuse/addiction? Other measures (i.e. treatment in communities and prisons, education, risk assessment drugs).
Two cases:
1. Dutch soft drugs/coffeeshop policy: will it survive? What are the advantages and disadvantages: health, public nuisance, (organized) crime. Measures to restrict coffeeshops. Review of classification system.
2. Plan of Action Cocaine trafficking Schiphol Airport: cooperation within the EU and with countries in the Caribbean and Africa.