Amsterdam police will not arrest women in burkas, even if a ban is introduced. Police chief of the Amsterdam corps Bernhard Welten said in a public television programme that police officers have to use their common sense. "I do not feel that I should always be an instrument of the government who always does what is asked."
In response, Freedom Party MP Hero Brinkman, a former policeman himself, strongly criticised the police chief, “The police should be subservient to the authorities. The government and parliament make the laws. The police enforce them. We would be a banana republic if it were the other way around.”