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Jakarta Post

‘Police reform needs to focus on gaining people’s trust’

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11, 2016   /  10:34 am
‘Police reform needs to focus on gaining people’s trust’ Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono (left) greets members of Central Java Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) after a release ceremony in Brimob headquarters in Boyolali, Central Java, on Sept. 13. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

The National Police’s institutional reform, which is set to be introduced in October by the government should aim to improve the professionalism of the force personnel to earn the public's trust, the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) has said.

Kompolnas commissioner Poengky Indarti said the commission welcomed the reform described by National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, which included improvement of work performance, empowerment of an internal oversight system and strengthening law enforcement system within the police body.

The policies covered the crucial problems within the National Police that had contributed to the degrading public's trust toward the country's law enforcement officials, Poengky said.

"If all those problematic issues can be resolved, I am sure that the National Police reform will be progressive, and it will also improve professionalism as well as the quality of service provided by the Police to the public," Poengky said on Monday.

Aside from boosting professionalism, the legal reform package of the National Police should also cover measures to improve the welfare for police personnel as well as to upgrade the quantity and quality of facilities that could help officers to work better, Poengky said.

She also urged the police chief to place more attention on eradicating crimes at the local level, including giving empowerment to police officers assigned to villages as advisors on security and public order known as Babinkamtibmas. (bbn)

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