Royal Netherlands Marechaussee
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is a police organisation with military status. It is in many ways a highly visible organisation. A holiday flight abroad, for example, often starts with passport control by the Marechaussee. The first people many travellers see as they arrive in the Netherlands are Marechaussee personnel, at air and sea ports, as well as on trains and on the road.
The Marechaussee provides the first impression of the Netherlands. Foreign heads of state arriving in the Netherlands on official visits receive the same first impression. They are welcomed by a guard of honour of Marechaussee personnel in ceremonial dress.
Policing the Netherlands Armed Forces is a small part of the daily duties. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are also responsible for immigration, securing and guarding the National Mint, the Corps Diplomatique, the members of the Royal Family and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Furthermore, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is part of a rapid response and riot control unit. Other RNLM units are involved in enforcement of drug and fire arms legislation. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee also takes part in international operations. For example, the RNLM is currently carrying out a Police Training Mission in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where it is responsible for training local police forces at all levels. The RNLM is also part of the NTM-1 training mission in Iraq. In addition, the RNLM’s Identity and Document Fraud Centre of Expertise is well known all over the world.