Sjoerd Top

Sjoerd Top

  • Executive Director
  • Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) – MAOC (N), Portugal

Sjoerd Top is the MAOC (N) Executive Director since November 2021.

Before that he was a Police Commissioner at the National Unit of the Dutch National Police Corps. Between 2018/21, he was the Chief of the National Service of Infrastructure in charge of 1300 officers focusing on law enforcement and crime prevention of the Dutch national infrastructure covering mainly the highways, waterways, railways, air space and the internet (Darkweb).

He has previously carried out different functions within the Regional Unit of Rotterdam where he was responsible for the intelligence service.
After a long career as a Commander of the riot police squad, he became a Gold Commander in large scale police operations and crowd control management in 2012. He was responsible for policing several major international (sporting) events in the recent years. Most recently he was Gold Commander during the abduction of 14 crew members of a ship sailing under the Dutch flag at the Nigerian coast.

Sjoerd Top holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the NSOB University in The Hague, The Netherlands. More recently, he was the first police officer to follow the highest management course on the Dutch Military Academy. Aside from his native Dutch, he is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of German.


  • Challenges for small ports and airfields

    As perpetrators of trafficking human beings (THB) and international crimes, such as smuggling of drugs or illicit goods, continue to show signs of avoiding commercial airlines, there is evidence that regional airlines and airports, as well as light aircraft into small private aerodromes and fields, are being used for these activities, where the handling of these flights by departure and arrival are not through the regular border controls.
    Similar issues and challenges are being faced on coastal borders, with smugglers and traffickers of human beings using small boats to benefit from utilising beaches or hidden alcoves to conduct their illegal activities.
    What can be done to tackle the use of light aircraft and private airfields, and small boats, which are difficult to detect, highly problematic to intercept and easy for criminal to be in and out again in a matter of minutes?