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Jakarta Post

Police to deploy more than 5,800 personnel for IMF-World Bank meeting

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14, 2018   /   12:22 pm
Police to deploy more than 5,800 personnel for IMF-World Bank meeting Bali Police have a counterterrorism drill involving dozens of their personnel on March 8, 2018. The training was done in preparation for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting on the island in October this year. The British Embassy in Jakarta supported the drill. (JP/Zul Edoardo)

At least 5,823 police personnel will be deployed to secure the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) Meeting, slated to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from Oct. 8 to 14, the Bali Police have said.

"More than 5,800 police personnel from the Bali Police and the National Police will be deployed to secure the IMF-WB meetings," Bali Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. I Wayan Sunartha said as quoted by Antara on Thursday.

A total of 189 member countries of the World Bank and IMF are slated to attend the meetings, with an estimated number of attendees of between 15,000 and 20,000, comprising high-ranking state officials, businesspeople, academics and representatives of civil society organizations.

Aside from ensuring security for VIP guests, the Bali Police also established a sub-task force to improve safety in certain areas prior to the meetings.

Over 600 closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems connected to the Bali Police headquarters’ command center have also been installed across the island.

Traffic restrictions will also be imposed, particularly during the event’s dinner reception at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park on Oct. 12 which 2,500 delegates are expected to attend.

The route from hotels in Nusa Dua to the GWK is a busy, one-way street, Sunartha said.

"We must be on alert [of possible traffic jams] and we have also run a simulation [in anticipation]," he said. (afr/swd)