The Gorontalo Language Office recently provided a four-day Indonesian language course for journalists and police officers, which ended on Friday.
The training was divided into two sessions, with journalists taking part on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the police officers and non-commissioned officers took part on Thursday and Friday.
Language office head Haruddin said such trainings were aimed at disseminating the use of good, correct Indonesian among journalists and police officers.
“Journalists need to master good usage and correct language, which determines the quality of the information [they report],” he said on Friday.
“As for the police, good use of language increases the quality of law enforcement for the public, everything from correspondence to case files.”
Haruddin said mistakes in using the language often caused misunderstandings and even, in some cases, unsought prejudices.