Rob Out is Police Commissioner and currently a project leader for counter terrorism, extremism and radicalisation (CTER) at the National Police of the Netherlands. His responsibilities spans locally, nationally and internationally.
He is co-founder and member of RAN POL, one of the working groups within the Radicalisation Awareness Network of the EU. He is also an expert and advisor for the OSCE on countering violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism (VERLT). He has, also, become an expert for the RAN Center of Excellence and is an expert evaluator for the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission. He started his career in 1979 as a frontline police officer and has promoted through the ranks of the National police of the Netherlands to the rank of Police Commissioner. He started working in the patrol/response unit and later became a community policing officer. He has worked as a detective and also as an intelligence officer. Following his graduation from the Police Bachelor programme in 1994, he worked in numerous police management positions, policy advisor roles, and as a programme manager.
After obtaining his master’s degree in Police Management in 2009, he started working as senior policy advisor in international police cooperation with a focus on Europe. He is national expert in Schengen evaluations and expert - trainer on community policing and the prevention of radicalisation and terrorism. From 2011 to 2013 he was seconded to the Community Policing Preventing Radicalisation (CoPPRa) project in Brussels. This was funded by the European Commission.
He has been a keynote speaker covering topics such as detection and early prevention of radicalisation, challenges of community policing and multi-agency cooperation, and the national approach of the Netherlands (Police) to countering radicalisation.