A pearl of knowledge

[109] 19 October 2020: ´Crime knowledge quiz´ about trends and developments in crime and law enforcement

Inleiding en context

Maandagochtend 20 oktober 2020, na een horecavrij weekeinde is de nieuwe werkweek weer aangebroken. Ik had dus wat tijd over om na te denken over de ´kennisparel´ die ik vandaag zou sturen. Het is in feite een afwijkende parel geworden. Geen onderzoeksynthese, geen metastudie, en geen mooi en informatief rapport. Vandaag ontvangen jullie een zogenaamde ´kenniscrimiquiz´. Ja een heuse quiz op het terrein van criminaliteit en rechtshandhaving. Waarom zo´n quiz zal een aantal ontvangers denken. Omdat deze naar mijn mening een aantal opvallende trends en kennisfeiten bevat waar een aantal van jullie van op zal kijken.

II have also been giving this quiz for a number of years to participants in a course of the SSR on effective interventions, in which prosecutors, judges, and support staff within the Public Prosecution Service and the judiciary usually participate. I sometimes do the quiz at the Ministry of J&V. This can create an interesting dynamic, especially directors want to score well and are willing to do a lot for that.

It turns out to be quite difficult for many participants to choose from the correct answers. You can choose from four options (A, B, C, or D). So I thought it would be nice to send something different. I think it is also instructive to discover the broad context of our work through the ten quiz questions. I’d say have fun. You can usually read the answers from the slide that follows the question asked. I have also included the ten answers in the enclosed WORD file to be sure. It is of course up to you to take the quiz and if so try not to look at the answers yet. Experience shows that an average of five correct answers are given, so that is the ‘benchmark’.


Waard, Jaap de (Oktober 2020). ´Kenniscrimiquiz´ over trends en ontwikkelingen in de criminaliteit en rechtshandhaving. Den Haag: Ministerie van Justitie en Veiligheid.


Well, the quiz actually speaks for itself, so I will omit the summary this time.


I hope the recipients who completed the quiz have learned something from it. My experience is that when you present the quiz ‘live’, there is usually a lot of discussion. Especially because the trends and developments in crime and law enforcement are often estimated differently than how they manifest themselves in society. The trends described are also often surprising for people who have been working for years within the relevant policy areas. In any case, it shows that here too knowledge and evidence about what works in tackling crime and law enforcement is important. You can also learn from a quiz in this case.