City Marine at Municipality of Rotterdam
Rien van der Steenoven is one of the eight City Marines of the City of Rotterdam. City Marines are dedicated civil servants and work directly for the mayor and the deputy mayors on the topic of public order and safety. City Marines are assigned to a district or to a special topic (for example High Impact Crimes and undermining). Rien was responsible for the City Centre (including Central Station). The main topics of his work are managing public order and safety in the Night Life. Rotterdam City Centre has a relative large number of bars and clubs with 24 hrs permits. The City needs Night Life and vica versa. It’s a joy to have a vivid city centre, but it sometimes collides with functions such as living, day tourism, shopping, working and entrepreneurship. Started 2009, Rien set up cooperation between private and public partners to establish a pleasant and safe city centre. He is still expanding this method on, for example, sound reduction and prevention violence. Always clear to facilitate where possible and firm setting the boundaries where necessary. On the 1st of January 2018 Rien has been assigned to tackle undermining criminality in a large industrial area called “Spaanse Polder” in Rotterdam.
In 1978 Rien started as a police officer. After being a detective for a long time, Rien got promoted to Neighbourhood Police Commander for a part of the city centre. Later on he worked on the topic of terrorism, extremism and radicalization for the police as deputy program manager and later on as program manager for the City. Rien formally started working for the City in 2010 after leaving the police force in the rank of chief inspector.