Insp. Gen. Idham Azis, second right, is inaugurated as the Jakarta Police chief on Wednesday (26/07). (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Jakarta Welcomes New Police Chief


JULY 26, 2017

Jakarta. Insp. Gen. Idham Azis was inaugurated as the Jakarta Police chief on Wednesday (26/07) amid praise for his counterterrorism service and leadership in a post-conflict area of Central Sulawesi.

Idham replaces Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan, who was appointed as operations assistant to National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian after having led the capital city's police since September last year.

Idham previously served as chief of the National Police's internal affairs unit and the Central Sulawesi Police chief in 2013-16.

"He served in a conflict area ... I have no doubt about his competences to lead Jakarta," Tito told reporters at his office, referring to Idham's work in Central Sulawesi's Poso, which saw a series of bloody sectarian conflicts between 1998 and 2000.

Born in Southeast Sulawesi's Kendari in 1963, Idham graduated from the Police Academy in 1988. In 2010-13, he served as deputy chief of the National Police's counterterrorism unit Densus 88, and held a number of positions at the Jakarta Police in 2008-09.

In 2005, he took part alongside Tito in a raid in East Java, during which police killed Azahari Husin, a Malaysian citizen believed to be one of the masterminds behind the Jemaah Islamiyah-orchestrated Bali bombings in 2002 that killed 202 people.