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Jakarta Post

National Police still perceived as corrupt and violent

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 2 2008   /  10:52 am

A mother of two teenage boys, Mira, 40, wants the oldest to join the police once he graduates from high school, hopefully next year. "Most people here look up to police officers nowadays. They think it is better to become a police officer than a military soldier," Mira, a resident of the East Java regency of Magetan, told The Jakarta Post recently. Relatives and friends told her it was unlikely a student from a normal family, like her son, would be admitted to the police academy. She found later that acceptance to the academy comes at a price. Mira said police officers, acting as brokers, broke down the costs for her. "It will cost my son Rp 200 million (US$21,500) to join the police academy and Rp 80 million to join the police cadet school," she said. With her husband, a civil servant in the local administration, Mira is busy rais...