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Jakarta Post

City’s cash-poor computer cops in cyber crimes challenge

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 29 2012   /  09:24 am

The Jakarta Police’s Cyber Crime Division says is doing its best to crackdown on Internet scams, including theft and kidnapping schemes, with a small team, a shoestring budget and limited infrastructure.

The team, established in 2003 under the Special Crimes Directorate to recruit information technology (IT) experts within the police, handled 625 cases in 2011, and have recorded 395 cases for 2012 as of August.

For its budget, the division — currently comprising five units with nine officers in each — is allotted a specific amount for each case processed. “A team is given Rp 4 million (US$416) for ‘small’ cases, Rp 9 million for relatively bigger cases and Rp 14 million for big cases, which involves a large amount of resources. It has to request the money every time it investigates a case,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto told The Jakarta Post rec...