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Jakarta Post

20 schools under police surveillance in Bekasi

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 14, 2017   /  04:30 pm
20 schools under police surveillance in Bekasi A group of teenage protesters clash with police officers in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, during a recent riot. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

Some 20 schools in Bekasi have been prone to brawls with the latest incident claiming three lives, police stated on Monday.

Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Hero Bahtiar said that the police had put the schools under surveillance to prevent the violence from recurring.

"We have mapped schools that are hostile toward each other," Hero said on Monday as quoted by Antara.

Both public and private schools made it on the list as their locations were not too far from each other, he said, but refused to elaborate. "I cannot disclose the names of the schools due to safety reasons.” 

The surveillance includes having police officers assigned to patrol the schools. "For students who drive themselves, [for instance], we monitor their trips between home and school as they are often found carrying weapons in their vehicles," Hero said.

Aside from the surveillance, the police will also disseminate information about the dangers of brawls to the schools in the city. (dea)