Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has command of the organisation on behalf of various ministries. These are the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice and Security. Lieutenant General Hans Leijtens was appointed Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee on 2 September 2019.

Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee Lieutenant General Hans Leijtens.

Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee Lieutenant General Hans Leijtens.

Management and authority separated

Management of and authority over the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are separated. The Minister of Defence is responsible for overall management, personnel, materiel and finances.

Like the police force, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has a corps manager. That role is fulfilled by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence, with a mandate from the Minister of Defence.

Tasks

The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has specialised personnel for various tasks, such as border control, criminal investigation, foreign missions, surveillance, police assistance or other types of assistance, and training. During operations, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee often works with other elements of the Netherlands armed forces and various partners, such as the National Police Services Agency, at home and abroad.