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Award for SMS-Alert Dutch Police


November 1st – The Hague
Award for Dutch Police SMS-Alert

On the 1st of November , the project SMS-Alert was awarded a prize during the Hein Roethof awards 2004 in the Grote Kerk The Hague. The flowers and price were received by sub. district chief Arno van der Heijden and police officer Ad Koemans. According to the jury the is a great initiative: “A system that is quick, low-cost and easy to deploy”.

The Hein Roethofprijs is awarded every year to a prevention project that is the most effective, constructive and innovative way preventing criminality. The award is named after the PVDA member of parliament Hein Roethoef, who was head of the commission Small Criminality in 1987.

While the project wasn’t nominated, SMS-alert was elected for being an example of very successful innovation in the area of preventing Criminality. The flowers and price were received by sub. district chief Arno van der Heijden and police officer Ad Koemans. Minister of Justice Donner congratulated the police officer from Tilburg with his initiative. The Hein Roethof award eventually was rewarded to the Youth Sports Foundation in Amsterdam. 17 initiatives were nominated for the award.

In the delegation were Arno van der Heijden, Ad Koemans and Thomas Romme from team West, Ron de Milde and Ido Nap from the bureau of Information, Steering supporter Kees Hogeveen, Edwin van der Veer from the Information Unit. Marielle Sevinga and Willem van Hooijdonk from the department of communication and Hans Sweep from the ReeshofJournal newspaper and website www.reeshof-info.nl.

The program bureau for Information is working on the innovation of the Information household for police work. SMS-Alert is one of the projects in our region which is supported by the bureau. The project counts 2230 participants.


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