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Ban on police's lavish lifestyle filled with vagueness

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 19, 2019   /  05:15 pm
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Personnel from the National Police's Mobile Brigade walk toward the Medan Police headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 13. (Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)

In an apparent attempt to build a clean image, the National Police has issued a regulation banning officers from exhibiting a luxurious lifestyle. But there’s a big hole in the ban as it does not explain what “luxurious” is. The National Police’s Internal Affairs Division chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo signed a circulating letter on Nov. 15 ordering the officers not to “show, use or display luxury items in daily life, both in the office and in public” as it could lead to "jealousy and envy toward the police institution". Major corruption cases implicating suspiciously wealthy police officials – like former National Police traffic corps chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo and low-ranking Papua police officer Adj. First Insp. Labora Sitorus – have shaped a negative public opinion of the force.  The...