The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee holds the command of an organisation comprising around 6,800 men and women, both civilian and military.
If tasks are to be performed well, specific training is essential. For this reason, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has its own training centre. The National Centre for Training and Expertise in Apeldoorn is one of the oldest training institutes for police training in our country.
The Training Centre provides training for security guards (in the rank of Marechaussee) and training for investigators (in the initial rank of sergeant). The training programme for security guards takes six months. The marechaussees are trained for positions in the protection of the Royal House, civil aviation security or certain positions in the Defence police task. The training programme for investigator takes sixteen months.
The sergeants are trained to be able to work in all task areas. All training programmes begin with military training. The Training Centre also provides all career and specialist training programmes. These programmes comprise a broad package, ranging from training for detectives, drug and firearms detectives and traffic and driver training, to training for the Riot Squads.
Royal Netherlands Marechaussee officer training is given at the Netherlands Defence Academy. Officers are the managers of the Marechaussee. The training is partly military and partly academic. It finishes with a job-specific element at the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee Training Centre in Apeldoorn. It is also possible to transfer from another Service to the Marechaussee. The training would then be primarily job-specific.
In order that it can perform its tasks as laid down in the Police Act, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is on an equal footing with the police. If Marechaussee personnel are to be able to carry out the police tasks properly, they must have the required investigative authority. The Code of Criminal Procedure accords this authority to Marechaussee officers and NCOs.