The armament of the police depends on the position.
Some of the personnel in operational positions do not have a firearm. This mainly concerns personnel in the supervisory positions.
Below is an overview of the various weapons that the police have used since 1948.
A complete insight into the armament of the Dutch police between 1945 and 2005 is very much described in the book POLICE ARMAMENT.
The book has been published in the Dutch language and has been sold out for some time
The Walther P99Q NL has been the official service weapon of the Dutch police, the Customs and and Extraordinary Investigation officers such as the employees of the Transport & Support Service (DV&O) and forest rangers.since 2012. It replaces the heavily outdated Walther P5. The Walther P5 had been in the service of the police since the early 1980s and the service life of this service weapon had long since expired. This resulted in metal fatigue, as a result of which the running and cabinets tore through the use of modern and sturdy Action4 ammunition. This problem was such that in 2005, the Arrest Teams of the police could no longer rely on the reliability of these Walthers due to the many shootings. They switched to using the Glock 17 pistols from the Ministry of Defense.
What is the difference between the P99Q NL and the standard P99 models from Walther .. ?? That is not really much. The Dutch police wanted an RFID chip in their arms to be able to register users, as well as their own series of weapons. The biggest difference is actually in the loop. Because the Dutch police ammunition, the RUAG Action4 NL cartridges, has a higher speed, and the ball head is entirely made of brass, this has consequences for wear on the barrel. Walther has adjusted the end of the room (the part where the sleeve clamps in the course) in such a way that the wear has a lot less impact.
The Glock 19 has been in use since 2006 by the arrest teams and other special units. The weapon was purchased because the tender for a weapon that had to replace the Walther P5 could not be awaited. There was an urgent need for a weapon with more firepower. In addition, the wear caused distrust in the reliability of the weapon