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Without Fear and without Blame: Moral Dilemmas in the Royal Marechaussee (Royal Netherlands Constabulary)

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In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, having 'a certain level of education' was regarded as a great asset if one wished to become a member of the gendarmerie Corps and the Marechaussee. The Royal Marechaussee is a police organisation which, because of its nature and tasks, occupies a special place in Dutch society. The police task for the Defence organisation makes up some twenty percent of the total workload; the other eighty percent consists of civilian tasks. The greater part of the police task for the Armed Forces is the responsibility of the Public Prosecutor's Office. Within the Armed Forces the mid-1960s, beginning of the 1970s, saw an increasing amount of socialisation and professionalisation. The Royal Marechaussee's code of conduct contains the keywords reliable, conscientious, versatile, leadership, assistance, law enforcement and communication. The Royal Netherlands Army did not have enough trained interviewers, the Marechaussee was ordered to assist.

Keywords: Armed Forces; code of conduct; Defence Organisation; Dutch society; Public Prosecutor's Office; Royal Marechaussee; Royal Netherlands

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