Over 6,000 Police Officers to Manage Traffic, Secure Major Sites During Long Weekend


MAY 03, 2016

Jakarta. More than 6,000 police officers will be deployed to manage traffic congestion and secure major sites in Jakarta during the May 6-8 long weekend, officials said on Tuesday (02/05).

An estimated 127,000 vehicles will leave the capital during the extended holiday period, with outbound traffic expected to peak on Wednesday evening and inbound traffic on Sunday evening.

The Jakarta Police will deploy as many as 6,925 officers in response, spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said.

"We will go all out for security," Awi said, adding that severe traffic congestion is expected on the Cikampek, Jagorawi and Karang Tengah highways, as well as on Jakarta's outer and inner ring roads.

"Situational" traffic management will be implemented on these roads, traffic enforcement unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto said.

If queues are less than five-meter long, officers will assist with transactions at toll gates and impose an open-close system in rest areas to help move the traffic along.

A contraflow scheme and an open-close system on toll exits will be implemented if queues get to be more than five-meter long.

And if traffic is heavily congested, officers will redirect traffic to arterial roads, Budiyanto said.

Police officers will also be deployed to secure several houses of worship, including Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral in Central Jakarta.

They will also boost security at major sites where a big crowd is expected, including the Ancol Dreamland theme park in North Jakarta, the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah cultural park in East Jakarta and Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta.

Last December, holidaymakers found themselves stuck in a solid 39-kilometer long bumper-to-bumper traffic which stretched from West Jakarta to Bekasi, leading to the resignation of then Land Transportation Agency Chief Djoko Sasono.