Marking its 71st anniversary on Friday, the National Police welcomed its new leader, Comr. Gen. Tito Karnavian. Unlike the chaotic candidacy of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan for the top police position last year, all parties supported without reservation President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s choice of Tito as his sole nominee for the post.
With his excellent professional and academic credentials, Tito, formerly the head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), enjoyed a smooth process of approval by the House of Representatives, during which he pledged to transform the force into a better organization.
Nevertheless, Tito will face the same question posed to his predecessors: Will he fulfill his promises?
There is no doubt that corruption is a highly pathogenic virus infecting the police. As an illustration, in 2013 the National Police force was named the most corru...