Jakarta. The capital's police force has promised to crack down on traffic officers taking bribes from road users.
The police were prompted to comment publicly on what is a long-standing issue after a video went viral on Youtube showing officers relieving bus drivers of cash at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta.
"We will conduct an internal supervision of our officers," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said on Saturday.
He then thanked the public for bringing the matter to his attention.
"We thank [the public] for the information," Martinus said. "We will investigate and, if it's proven, we will act based on the regulations. In the future, we will keep supervising and we are hoping the public [will continue] to report this kind of information."
Officers found supplementing their income will be sanctioned, he said.
"We will issue internal sanctions or ethical sanctions," he said. "It can be disciplinary, a warning or a recommendation of dismissal."