President Joko 'Jokowo' Widodo inspects the guard during the start of the National Police's 73rd anniversary celebrations at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

Jokowi Calls for Vigilance Against Terrorism, Drug Trafficking and 'New Challenges'


JULY 10, 2019

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on the country's security services to vigilantly guard against terrorism, drug trafficking and increasing threats associated with the digital age.

"The challenges ahead are becoming more complex. Conventional crimes that affect the people must receive attention. Transnational crimes, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and cybercrime, should not be allowed to occur in our country," Jokowi said during the start of the National Police's 73rd anniversary celebrations at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

He said technological advancements create more opportunities for cybercrime, especially the spread of false news.

He issued five instructions to make the police more effective in carrying out their duties. The first is improving the National Police's human resources development to equip officers with the skills to effectively carry out their increasingly complex and challenging tasks.

Second is implementing a proactive strategy to ensure humane conduct. The third involves transforming and modernizing the public service; fourth entails increased professionalism and transparency within law enforcement agencies, and the last involves improved coordination and cooperation with the Indonesian Military (TNI), various ministries, government agencies, regional governments and the public.

"This year, thank God, the simultaneous presidential and legislative elections proceeded smoothly, safely and successfully, thanks to the National Police's hard work, in cooperation with the TNI," Jokowi said.

He also thanked the National Police for their role in disaster management and maintaining law and order during Ramadan, the annual Idul Fitri exodus and Christmas.

The president was accompanied by first lady Iriana Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto.

Several ministers, including State Secretary Pratikno, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartanto, House of Representatives Speaker Bambang Soesatyo, Regional Representatives Council Speaker Oesman Sapta Odang and People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Zulkifli Hasan, were also present.