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Despite internal reform, police force still 'lacks credibility'

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 7 2008   /  10:31 am

In observance of National Police Day on July 1, pressure mounts for the security force to accelerate internal reform to improve its service to the public. Insp. gen. (ret.) Muhammad Nurdin, the former chief of the North Sumatra Police and a member of the law commission at the House of Representatives, recently talked to The Jakarta Post's Ridwan Max Sijabat about the issue. MUHAMMAD NURDIN Question: What progress has the National Police achieved after a decade of reform and separation from the Indonesian Military (TNI)?
Answer: The police has made a series of changes and they are on their way to becoming a civilian institution, in accordance with MPR Decree No. 6/2000, MPR Decree No. 7/2000 and Law No. 2/2002, Law No. 34/2004. From a cultural point of view, the police has been reforming its education curriculum to change its militaristic-style image into a ...