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Favorite thing: The Amsterdam Police Headquarter is located at the Elandsgracht 117.
The imposant figures on the frontwall are famous as is the words around them: "’T GEZAG DAT RUST BEHOEDT IN STAD EN STAAT, WAAKT RUSTLOOS TEGEN ’D ONRUST VAN HET KWAAD".
The police corps Amsterdam-Amstelland guards Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Diemen, Uithoorn and Ouder-Amstel, an area of 357 square meters where 900.000 people live.
The corps has about 6000 policemen with a yearly budget of 400 million Euros.
There also is a police post at track2 of the Centraal Station.
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Mr. Pieter van...
Favorite thing: Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven
Pieter van Vollenhoven was born in Schiedam on 30 April 1939, the second son of Pieter van Vollenhoven senior and Jacoba Gijsbertha Stuyling de Lange.
Fondest memory: He attended primary school in Rotterdam and went on to the Montessori Lyceum, where he obtained his secondary leaving certificate in science subjects and classics in 1959. Mr Van Vollenhoven then enrolled at Leiden University, where he studied Dutch law. His special subjects included the statutory organisation of industry and the organisation of the Dutch police.
At university, Mr Van Vollenhoven took a very active part in student life and held the position of assessor secundus on the committee of the Leiden Students' Association in 1963 and 1964. He was also president of the Netherlands Students' Sports Trust in 1964. In 1965, Mr van Vollenhoven was awarded a degree in Dutch law.
On graduating, he worked for a short time as a legal officer with the Council of State. He was called up for National Service in the spring of 1966 and served in the legal department of the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In the same year, he conducted an investigation of aircraft accidents for the Air Defence Command at Zeist.
In 1967, Mr Van Vollenhoven received Air Force Pilot training at Gilze-Rijen and obtained his Military Pilot's Licence. In 1968, he was appointed as reserve officer (pilot) in 300 Squadron at Deelen airbase.
Marriage and family
Pieter van Vollenhoven met Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at Leiden University. Their engagement was announced on 10 March 1965 and on 10 January 1967 they were married in The Hague. By Royal Decree, Mr Van Vollenhoven became a member of the royal house.
Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven have four sons: Prince Maurits, born in 1968, Prince Bernhard, born in 1969, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, born in 1972 and Prince Floris, born in 1975.
After completing his National Service, Mr Van Vollenhoven occupied several different positions. He worked for enterprises such as the Nederlandse Heidemaatschappij, Akzo and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, as well as for the organisation responsible for introducing compulsory annual technical inspections for motor vehicles. In 1975, the Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management invited Mr Van Vollenhoven to act as advisor to the Minister on road safety and in 1977 he was appointed Chair of the Road Safety Council, a position he occupied until the Council was disbanded on 1 January 1997. On 1 January 1999, Mr Van Vollenhoven became Chair of the Dutch Transport Safety Board, an independent body responsible for investigating the causes of accidents and incidents in the aviation, shipping, rail and road sectors, as well as in transport by pipeline and underground.
Mr Van Vollenhoven also occupies a number of international posts in the field of transport safety. He is Chair of the International Transportation Safety Association and a member of the Board of the European Transport Safety Council.
As a member of the royal house, Pieter van Vollenhoven has many official duties. With Princess Margriet he nearly always takes part in the reception of foreign heads of state on official visits to the Netherlands. He is also active in many other fields. In addition to road safety, he is involved in the funding of nature conservation and the preservation of historic buildings, police organisation and victim support.
Funding of nature conservation and the preservation of historic buildings
Mr Van Vollenhoven chairs the National Restoration Fund, from which grants are allocated for restoration projects. In this capacity, he devotes considerable attention to the restoration of historic buildings during his many working visits. He is also interested in other, less tangible aspects of the cultural heritage, such as folklore. He performed the opening ceremony of the 1996 World Folkloriada in Brunssum. He is also chair of the Green Fund.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is very interested in the work of the police. He is Chair of the Community, Safety and Police Association and honorary chair of the National Organisation of Police Volunteers. He also chairs the Victim Support Fund.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is a keen music lover. For many years he formed a trio - De Gevleugelde Vrienden - with two of the country's leading pianists and gave concerts both at home and abroad in aid of the Victim Support Fund. Despite the premature death of one member of the trio, the concerts have continued. De Gevleugelde Vrienden have released many recordings, and have been awarded three gold discs.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is interested in the culture, flora and fauna of the Arctic, in particular the national parks, the traditional life of the eskimos and dogsled racing.
His favourite sports are golf, diving and flying.
GOOD TO KNOW! Police and emergency services ....
Favorite thing: Safety & crime
In comparison to other large European cities, Amsterdam is considered as a relatively safe city. It is one of the few cities in which most women are not afraid to return home alone at night. In general, violent crimes do not occur very often.
You do need to be cautious of petty crimes, such as pick pocketing. Pickpockets are mainly active in the summer and in the train travelling between Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol Airport. They can also find you in a tram or when you are watching one of the many street artists perform. Watch your belongings carefully.
- POLICE: Via 0900-8844 all police stations in The Netherlands can be reached. Call this number for questions and matters that are not urgent. Urgent calls can be made to the emergency number 112.
Any robbery/theft should be reported to the local police station in connection with the insurance.
- LOST & FOUND: Bureau Gevonden Voorwerpen
Lost and found objects can be dropped off day and night at one of the police stations / neighbourhood team offices and are sent to the Lost and Found Bureau once a day. When you have lost something in or around Amsterdam, contact the Lost and Found Bureau.
Fondest memory: Tips
As in the rest of the Netherlands, you are not obligated to tip anyone in Amsterdam. If you wish to leave waiters, hotel staff or taxi drivers a gratuity, a 10% tip is customary.
Taxis can be found at one of the many taxi ranks in the city. You can also hail a taxi on the street. When choosing for the latter option, please note that taxis are not obliged to stop at your signal.
See also: practical taxi service information.
Presale national bus and tram cards
National ‘strippenkaarten’ (bus and tram cards) are available in every bus or tram in Amsterdam, but not on the subway. However, it is cheaper to buy your ‘strippenkaart’ in advance at:
- the tourist information offices of the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board
- various offices of the GVB (public transport company) Amsterdam and train stations
- tobacco shops, newspaper shops
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Hash Marihuana Hemp museum
Favorite thing: This is the only museum In Europe that show the history from Hemp.
The exhibition goes 8000 years back in time.
The museum also grow hemp, now and then the police comes in to see if things don't get out of hand.
Favorite thing: This is the Police Station just across from the Homegrown Fantasy coffeeshop.
Fondest memory: I took it from inside while sitting at the open window smoking a nice cone! Ahhh, life is so great here, the feeling of such freedom is incredible.
Favorite thing: Ahh Dutch Police seem to have a casual job, at least most I have seen.
Fondest memory: I have seen them on horses just trotting around, on bikes cruisin', on motorcycles just chilling and talkin', and a few in cars but not many.
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844
Favorite thing: The emergency number to remember in Amsterdam (their equivalent to US' 911) is 112
They, like most people in Holland, speak English. You just need to remember to speak slower than usual as it's not their first language; which I know can be hard in emergency situations.
A list of Dutch words that might be handy in emergency situations:
Police = politie (po-lit-see)
Fire Department = brandweer (brand-weir)
Hospital = ziekenhuis (seek-en-haus)
Doctor = huisarts (haus-arts)
Dentist = tandarts (tand-arts)
my daily journal
Favorite thing: day 4 november 24th 2002
yes indeed another day in paradise!! not a cloud in the sky all day today, i can't help but think we brought las vegas weather to amsterdam..we did our normal breakfast routine then headed out to begin the 2002 cannabis cup, we headed for the pax which is down the street from the heineken musuem. on the way there it was easy to see why i decided to hide my judges pass in shame, a lot of the people wearing their passes were loud and intrusive..we found the pax with ease thanks to the fine navagating skills of sabrina, we couldn't help but laugh at the fact that the pax is located right next door to a police station. once inside this packed house we found where we needed to go and proceeded to get our judges passes.in line i lit up a cone mixed with the grey haze and the grey mist kif a now ritual for me in the morning here..we met some really novice smokers in line who had just arrived that morning, we gave them some hits of our cone and shared some insight to what we had already discovered.
Fondest memory: we walked around the pax for a little while, they have 3 floors to this place the ground floor is where all the seminars and what not go on and the second is a convention hall of sorts the third is a snackbar with great tosti's and a convention hall as well.. we smoked a few more spliffs and headed out to begin judging 27 coffeeshops..
the noon was our first stop since greenhouse was closed still, since we had already purchased some of the blueberry entry the other day we only needed to get our passports stamped. we left the noon and headed for the rookies coffeeshop, they're entry was rookies skunk which was very nice pot it was super skunky and the high was amazing. i personally enjoyed this shop a lot, it has a warm feel to it. the next stop was the dolphins, the weed they entered was white dolphin. this was some real nice weed the high kicked in immediatly we chilled out in the downstairs area smoking bong hits in the relaxed underwater world at the dolphins. i liked the decor of this place, it had a good vibe going on. at this point we became famished and needed food fast!!
The Police truly are your friends.
Favorite thing: Being from NYC I was afraid to approach the police with a question. I was blitzed and needed some money. I got the nerve up, approached two police officers, asked for the location of an ATM. They were extrememly helpful. Not only did they NOT bust my chops about being ossified, but pointed us in the right direction, and as we walked away smiled, and wished us a good stay in Amsterdam. Man what a city!!!!
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