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More Indonesians ready to report dirty cops
Publication Date : 07-01-2014
The city police recorded 942 crimes involving police personnel in 2013, which was 54 per cent more than in the previous year due to members of the public reporting dirty cops.
City police chief Insp. Gen. Putut Eko Bayuseno voiced appreciation to those who courageously reported dirty cops for due process.
“We have observed that Jakartans have become more courageous to report dirty police officers to Popam [Internal Affairs Division] or to Irwasda [Regional Monitoring Inspectorate],” he said in an evaluation of the city police’s performance here recently.
He called on the general public to continue monitoring the police’s performance in the field to help improve their performance and the institution’s image.
“This is the era of transparency, therefore Irwasda and Propam are wide open to every complaint filed [against errant police officers],” he said, adding that officers who abused their power and those involved in drugs had been processed in accordance with civilian law.
Residents can report errant officers or file complaints through Facebook, text message, the police’s information centre at 1717 or metro.polri.go.id, he added.
Putut said it was shameful to get reports on dirty officers, but the law had to be enforced and justice upheld and that officers involved in drug and power abuses, thuggery and other crimes had to be disciplined and brought to justice.
He said reports of field personnel using violence and physical abuse rose to 10 from only four in 2012, while reports of those committing extortion increased to 21 from 15 in 2012.
Reports on personnel involved in drug cases was down by 50 per cent to only six personnel from 12 in 2012 and reports on power abuse dropped to 23 personnel from 35 in 2012.
The total number of police personnel involved in crimes was 279, up from 224 in 2012.
“Nevertheless, the number of dirty police officers is only 0.89 per cent. This figure is relatively low when compared to the total number of 31,139 police personnel in the city,” he said.
Thirty-three police personnel, including three civil servants, were fired for involvement in major crimes and more than 200 were given administrative sanctions and reprimanded.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) coordinator Neta S. Pane said social media had provided people with greater access to report dirty cops.
“However, the police should follow up all public reports and complaints in order to improve their performance, security and public order in the city,” said Neta.
He said that by disciplining corrupt cops and bringing law breakers to justice, the city police would regain public trust.