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If you want to hire people for your private security firm or detective agency in the Netherlands, you need permission (in Dutch) from your local chief of police for every single employee. The police screens your employee(s) for reliability and professional competence. Permission is granted by means of a special identification document, signed by the chief of police. Your employees are required to carry this special proof of identity at all times.
Your organisation is obliged to keep a secure register of your employees’ identity documents.
Foreign security personnel and detectives, who wish to work in the Netherlands, must provide proof of their reliability and qualifications. To do so, they must request 'Recognition of EU professional qualifications' (Erkenning van EG-beroepskwalificaties) (in Dutch) at the judiciary service Justis (Ministry of Justice and Security).
Approval for managers
Approval from the Minister of Justice and Security is required for managers. You must submit a separate application to Justis for each manager.
Declaration of reliability of alarm installers
Private alarm centres in the Netherlands may only have alarm equipment installed and maintained by certified installers. These installers must possess a declaration of reliability issued by their local police force.
Online application procedure via Message Box
Private alarm centres and detective agencies can submit an application for approval also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure e-mail system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.