A total of 500 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers will be dispatched to Bandung and Jakarta, with another 2,000 remaining on standby. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Ahead of Asian-African Summit, Riot Police 'Ready for Everything'
APRIL 14, 2015
The Jakarta Police and the West Java Police have already prepared a force of 8,000 officers for the conference, which will be held in the Indonesian capital and in Bandung from April 18 till April 24.
On Tuesday, 500 officers to be attached to the group of 8,000 were presented at the Brimob headquarters in Depok, south of Jakarta.
“They bring their personal equipment, such as shields, body armor and tear gas,” Sr. Comr. Leo Gona said. “They’re not armed with live bullets. But they do have tactical vehicles to quell riots, anarchism and to fight terror.”
The Brimob forces also include a unit trained to deal with chemical, biological or radioactive threats.
“The point is that we’re ready for everything,” Leo said.
The police are coordinating with the Indonesian Military (TNI) to secure the summit, which will be attended by up to 35 heads of state.