Police readies 1,500 officers for Clinton’s security
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP/Jim Watson, Pool)Jakarta Police have said that there will be 1,500 officers on duty to safeguard the city during the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, scheduled to arrive this afternoon.
“Security will be a joint affair between the military and the Foreign Ministry. What is important is to make sure the visit goes as smoothly as possible,” police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said Monday.
Rikwanto, however, did not share any details regarding with the police escort and the possibilities of traffic diversions during Clinton’s visit.
Rikwanto also refused to disclose any special security steps for Clinton on the heels of the recent shootings in Surakarta, Central Java. He said that the police would use the incidents as “inputs” to increase the security around the capital.
Clinton will stay one night in Indonesia to discuss the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and attend engagements on regional and global issues. She is scheduled to continue her visit to Beijing on Sept. 4 to 5, and make her first visit to Dili, Timor Leste, the following day.
Clinton made her first visit to Indonesia in February 2009 during her first overseas tour as the Secretary of State. (lfr)