Bandung. The West Java Police are launching a series of operations to get thugs off the streets, including placing them in six-day training courses to learn vocational skills.
Police will deploy 950 joint personnel from the Social Affairs Ministry, the Transportation Ministry and the West Java Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) to clear public places from thugs.
The first operation will be on Tuesday.
Sr. Comr. Martanto, the head of operations at the provincial police, said on Thursday that the police were not only targeting individuals but also members of mass organizations, adding that the move was intended to create a secure conditions in the province ahead of next year’s elections.
“Mass organizations are also part of our target. Regardless of whether they are registered, we will still nab their members who violate the law,” Martanto said.
He added that Rp 328 million ($34,000) had been allocated for the first operation.
He said thugs would be divided into groups. Those with firearms, sharp weapons and drugs would face charges.
Others not considered as dangerous would be trained for six days, with 400 hoped to be trained in the first operation.
“The material and method [for the training] were prepared by an integrated team from the police, prosecutors’ office, court and military,” Martanto said.
Thugs undergoing training will later be channeled to companies to be employed.
Martanto said the thugs would be assisted and supervised after they got a job.
“We will evaluate what the problems are or what still needs to be improved. Hopefully they repent and become better.”