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Ban on police officers’ lavish lifestyle lacks detail

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  12:49 am

In an apparent attempt to build a clean image, the National Police have issued a regulation banning officers from exhibiting a luxurious lifestyle. But there is 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 circular 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 police’s lavish lifestyle once again took the spotlight i...