Thousands of Satpol PP personnel transferred
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan transferred over 3,000 Jakarta Public Order Agency officers on Friday following recent criticism over the officers' integrity.
Of the transferred officers, 68 were from the city level, 623 from the Central Jakarta agency, 546 from the North Jakarta agency, 774 from the West Jakarta agency, 774 from the South Jakarta agency, 766 from the East Jakarta agency and 37 from the Thousands Island agency.
"The transfers are to rejuvenate the Satpol PP officers," Anies said at Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta on Friday.
Anies said the transfer of duty was a common practice across agencies to provide new experiences and challenges for Satpol PP officers in the field.
Last month, the Indonesian Ombudsman revealed that Satpol PP officers had asked for illegal fees from street vendors in six areas in the city in return for permission to conduct their business activities.
From the investigation conducted by the Ombudsman, it was revealed that Satpol PP officers had accepted Rp 500,000 (US$36.90) to Rp 8 million per month from the vendors.
The practice of paying illegal fees was also found to have occurred in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, as well as in the vicinity of Mal Ambassador in Setiabudi, Central Jakarta.
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