Providing assistance, support and cooperation
With a view to maintaining public order and investigating offences, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee can, if required, provide support for the civil police.
The Marechaussee’s Riot Squad can be deployed in the event of major public order disturbances. There are four Riot Squad platoons, trained in both individual and collective control of violence.
If more than the incidental use of weapons or other forms of serious violence against the police and the Marechaussee is expected, the Assistance Unit can be deployed. The Marechaussee has an additional four Assistance Unit platoons as a last line of defence. YPR armoured vehicles are used to move barricades.
Assistance Units can be deployed for Crowd and Riot Control tasks abroad, in support of Dutch crisis response operations. In that case, the unit is deployed by the Minister of Defence within a very short space of time.
On request, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee can provide support to police investigations into, for instance, human trafficking or drug trafficking. The Marechaussee then not only provides personnel, but can also contribute a great deal of information on account of its work at the borders enforcing the Aliens Act.
There are also other areas in which the Marechaussee can assist the police. This deployment can range from assisting in large-scale traffic surveillance to cooperating in criminal investigations.