The Dutch
Security Cluster
The Dutch
Security Cluster

Knowledge Intensive Organisations

The availability of knowledge is a prerequisite for developing innovative solutions. For this reason, HSD has made an overview of knowledge-intensive organisations in the Dutch security sector.

Many knowledge institutions, applied research institutions, governments, platforms, clusters and foundations have developed profound knowledge. HSD aims to strengthen the ties between these organisations and SMEs and corporate businesses that are working on R&D intensive projects. This should lead to valuable cross-overs. The list has been compiled making use of the connections within HSD and by no means claims to be a complete overview. 


Knowledge institutions

Forensic Science Research group

The police academy and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences are jointly developing the Forensic Science Research Group. The task of the research group is to develop knowledge for police practice and (police) education.


Lectorate E-Discovery

The E-Discovery research group is part of CREATE-IT Applied Research at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. This recently created research group focus on the forensically sound, secure and intelligent processing of information. It researches the selection, processing and production of digitally stored data as evidence in private, civil or criminal investigations.



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CIROC focuses on knowledge transfer from theory to practice and vice versa, and the disclosure of information about organized crime and the fight against it for Dutch audiences. This takes shape through seminars organized four or five times a year in Utrecht on a topical issue in the field of organized crime.


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The Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center (CLHC) is the interdisciplinary center of expertise for forensic scientific and medical research in Amsterdam. The CLHC serves to bundle the forensic experience, knowledge and expertise of the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Science, the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA) and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI).


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Video Coding & Architecture Research Group

The Video Coding and Architectures research group is part of the Signal Processing Systems department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The research spans areas of video analysis, image/video segmentation, object-oriented and 3D video compression that underpin systems-oriented research on video coding and architectures. This work pursues state-of-the-art video functionality at high cost-efficiency (e.g. for real-time aspects and/or mobile applications), through a combination of novel algorithms and architectures. 

Department of Criminal Law and Criminology

The academic and research activities conducted by the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology focus on criminal law, criminal procedures and criminology in its current European context.


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Focusgroep Openbare Orde & Veiligheid

Traditionally, public order is enforced by physical action – non-legal act – by the police, under authority of the mayor. In this context it is important to provide a system for the legal rules relating to this method of maintaining public order. How is the concept of public order defined? Does this definition meet the requirements of legal certainty? What is the relationship between these – so called – immediate powers for the maintenance of public order in, among others, the “gemeentewet” and the general rules of administrative law?


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Centre of Knowledge for Risk Management & Security

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security combines education and research on risk management, safety and security at the University of Twente. It offers a portal for questions, requests, knowledge exchange and assignments from all sectors in society. It initiates research on risk management, safety and security and disseminates the findings. The Centre also provides the opportunity for education and training.


Services, Cyber Security and Safety Research Group

The goal of the SCS group is to develop methods and techniques for developing IT-based services that balance service levels with safety- and security levels, and to develop methods and techniques that make existing IT-based services more secure.


The Advisory council for science, technology and innovation (AWTI) advises the Dutch government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation. Many of their findings are published on their website.


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Technology Foundation (STW)

Technology Foundation STW realises the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. It does this by funding excellent technical scientific research and by bringing researchers and users together in each project.


The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)

The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) is a national research institute dedicated to fundamental scientific research in the field of crime and law enforcement. The institute is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and is co-financed by VU University Amsterdam.

National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism protects the Netherlands from threats that could disrupt Dutch society. Together with the partners within the government, the research community and the private sector, the NCTV ensures that the Netherlands’ critical infrastructure is safe and remains that way.Together with our partners in the security sector, the NCTV is committed to making the Netherlands a safe and stable place. The focus is on preventing and minimising social disruption. With the programme Veilig door Innovatie (Secure through Innovation), the Innovation Team focused on promoting innovation in the security domain through cooperation with industry and science, project financing, boosting competitions and encouraging research and knowledge.


Research and Documentation Centre (WODC)

WODC (the Dutch abbreviation for Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum, in English: Research and Documentation Centre) can best be characterised as an international knowledge centre on: security, criminal, civil and administrative justice and migration issues. "Excellence" and "customer-orientation" are the organisation's guiding principles. Its major output is knowledge for the benefit of policy development.


From its state-of-the-art, purpose-built premises in The Hague, the Netherlands, the NFI provides products and services to a wide range of national and international clients. To make sure that its work remains at the forefront of developments, the NFI invests heavily in Research and Development. In this way, it lays the foundations for the innovative forensic methods and technologies that will play an important part in the coming decades. The NFI also maintains close relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and universities. The NFI put a revolutionary CSI Lab into use in 2011. It is a demonstration and training facility to investigate a virtual crime scene. Forensic investigators first record the actual crime scene with 3D scans, exactly as the police encountered the situation. 


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The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) is an independent advisory body for government policy. Its position is governed by the Act Establishing a Scientific Council on Government Policy of 30 June 1976 (Instellingswet WRR). The task of the WRR is to advise the government on issues that are of great importance for society. The reports of the WRR are not tied to one policy sector. Rather, its reports go beyond individual sectors; they are concerned with the direction of government policy for the longer term.  


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The Politieacademie carries out applied research. Not only do the results of this have a direct influence on the education, but the Politieacademie also contributes in this way to the development of police practice. In the Innovation Experience Room ‘The iX’ at the Police Academy professionals as well as students can experience the possibilities of the latest technologies. It also allows them to learn how real time data, such as bodycams, sensors, drones and social media can be exchanged, brought together and analysed.


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Platforms, clusters and foundations

The purpose of the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC) is innovation in the field of research, cooperation and education. The institute raises awareness and increases insight into effective ways of combating and preventing financial and economic crime. The independent catalyst role that the institute fulfils leads to exchanges of methods and skills between the various parties that are currently operating too much as islands.


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The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) is an independent non-profit foundation, funded by financial contributions from the Dutch government and industry and science. STT carries out society oriented technology foresight studies. For that purpose STT facilitates a free space in which enthusiastic stakeholders, experts and creative minds from industry, society, science and government take part. Topics are explored broadly (cross domain and interdisciplinary) and sub-topics are studied in-depth. The focus is on the interrelation between technological and societal developments.


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Throughout the world security and safety are primary concerns for the future. Both at global and local level, the future will be characterised by economic, physical, ecological, territorial, social and political instability. External and internal security are becoming increasingly interrelated.

All over the world the military, law enforcement agencies and industry are helping to protect us against these, often not so obvious, threats. TNO uses technological and behavioural innovation in support of these organizations to perform smarter, more efficient and better protected, enhancing the security of our society. 


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