Evi Mariani and Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta
After 55 years of service, the prestigious Jakarta Police are still deemed a disappointment by taxpayers, who pointed to unresolved crimes and chaotic traffic management on Monday.
Around 18 million residents rely on this institution to provide security in the Greater Jakarta area of Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Depok. And for tourists and would-be investors, security in Jakarta is one of the issues that contributes to first impressions about the vast country.
"We conducted a simple survey two months ago, asking people's opinion on the performance of the city police," Indonesian Police Watch chairman Rashid Lubis told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. "Most of them responded by saying that police services are getting worse."
Education, an expert said, is sorely lacking among police personnel who most need it "to protect and to serve".
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