Acting National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
Patricia Zorko was appointed Acting National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) on1 November 2018. Keeping the Netherlands safe has been a recurrent theme throughout her career. After completing her studies at the Police College, she began work as an inspector with the Utrecht municipal police in 1986. She later held a number of other positions, including district commander and head of the regional criminal investigation team.
After 20 years she shifted her focus from neighbourhood and urban policing to the national and international law enforcement and joined the Dutch Police Services Agency (KLPD), where her responsibilities included digitisation and combating cybercrime. With the creation of the National Police in 2011 she was appointed project planner, Chief Constable and eventually Chief of the Central Unit. In the last of these posts, her responsibilities included the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17.
In 2015 Ms Zorko made the transition from the police to the Ministry of Justice and Security to become Deputy NCTV and Director of the NCTV’s Cybersecurity Department. In autumn 2018 she temporarily relinquished the latter position in order to take on the role of Acting NCTV, and in that capacity she contributes to both national and international security.