Police may get more money after Mako Brimob riot
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
The Jakarta Post
In response to a deadly riot at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, that broke out on Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives is considering increasing the National Police’s budget next year to empower the institution.
House Deputy Speaker Agus Hemanto said the additional funds should be used to recruit more police personnel and to weaponry.
“[The riot] might have been possible because of a manpower shortage, and to recruit police personnel, they will need more money,” Agus said on Wednesday in Jakarta.
The police received Rp 95 trillion (US$6.75 billion) in 2018, up from Rp 78 trillion in 2017. The institution will need to increase its abilities in anticipation of upcoming simultaneous regional elections and later the 2019 general election.
The riot at Mako Brimob in Depok has so far claimed the lives of at least five Densus 88 counterterrorism squad members and one militant. Another police officer is still being held hostage. The detention center houses imprisoned IS-linked militants.
House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo called on the Law and Human Rights Ministry to evaluate the ability of police personnel guarding the detention center.
“Detention centers need more training to increase inmates’ skills and faith. The police should also intensify the monitoring system in detention centers All detention centers must have more training programs in terms of spirituality and skills for the inmates. The police should also strengthen the monitoring systems in detention centers,” he said. (swd)
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