The Rijksrecherche

The Rijksrecherche helps to ensure honest government. The Rijksrecherche comes under the authority of the Public Prosecution Service. This independent body investigates alleged cases of criminal conduct within the government, including when a public servant is suspected of a criminal offence such as fraud or bribery.

Experienced investigators work at the Rijksrecherche with the support of the staff department and the operations department. They work at four locations in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, The Hague, Zwolle and Den Bosch. The head office is also located in The Hague.

The Dutch Caribbean

In the Dutch Caribbean (consisting of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, or BES) the Rijksrecherche also has an office on Bonaire. From its office on Bonaire, the Rijksrecherche conducts impartial investigations into possible criminal offences committed by public/semi-public officials.

The activities of the Rijksrecherche on the BES islands come under the authority of the Prosecutor General of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the BES islands. In the other countries of the Kingdom, local National Detectives are responsible for carrying out this task. The National Detectives and the Rijksrecherche collaborate where possible at operational and management level, in order to take effective action together.