The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) received an award from the Home Affairs Ministry on Tuesday for its Orderly Sidewalk Month program, which began in August.
"The awards were given to several innovative public order agencies from all over Indonesia, one of which was the Jakarta [Public Order Agency]," the agency's head, Yani Wahyu, said as quoted by beritajakarta.id.
"The recognition was given to us for organizing the orderly sidewalk program," he said on Tuesday.
The program was launched to prevent vendors and motorists from encroaching sidewalks intended for use by pedestrians only. By the end of August, the program was extended as regular violations were occurring on the sidewalks.
In addition to Jakarta, Yani said, there were seven other cities and provinces that received the award, including Yogyakarta, Bangka Belitung, Palembang in South Sumatra, Aceh and Bandung in West Java.
Last month, the Ombudsman revealed that some Jakarta Public Order Agency officers had allowed street vendors to conduct activities on the city's sidewalks in return for illegal levies.
Yani said he would rotate around 5,000 agency officers to tackle the problem.
“They have worked in the same place for eight to 10 years, […] that can cause something to go wrong,” he said. (dis)