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Jakarta Post

Police bookmobile for schoolchildren

Wed, November 22, 2017   /   09:31 am
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    Before duty: Wahyudin spends time with his family during breakfast. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

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    Stop there: Wahyudin directs morning traffic in Cisoka before driving in the area with his mobile library. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

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    Book chat: Wahyudin interacts with students of a public elementary school in Cisoka. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

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    Cap a book: Wahyudin (right) reads books with fellow police officers in Cisoka district before visiting schools with his mobile library. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

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    Journey to knowledge: Wahyudin rides his mobile library in Tangerang, Banten. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

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    Start young: Students enthusiastically browse through a collection of books from Wahyudin's mobile library. JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra

Chief Brig. Wahyudin, an officer from the Cisoka Police precinct, Tangerang, Banten, has been in the public spotlight recently for his unique public devotion beyond his official police duties.

Born in Jakarta 32 years ago, Wahyudin has modified his motorcycle into a mobile library and visited nearly all schools in Cisoka district. The idea struck him as he saw data that Indonesia ranked 60th out of 61 countries in reading interest, prompting him to instigate change among young children.

Wahyudin obtains reading books from the Tangerang regency library, now still abandoned by readers, and from local people, who send the books to his home as a token of appreciation. Apart from his routine school visits, he has also often been invited to various police and school gatherings to share his experiences and inspirations.

The other main aim of his activity is to change any negative public image the police may have and promote reading habits, especially among children, by communicating the principle that books are the “windows of the world.”