No End To Police Corruption

Jul 5th, 2006, in News, by

Police chief General Sutanto says the long suffering victims of police dishonesty and corruption will have to keep suffering so long as his men are underpaid.

If salaries remain low then I think it’s really difficult for us to succeed in stopping violations by policemen.

said General Sutanto at an event for the 60th anniversary of the national police force.

Police corruption, he said, would decrease along with an increase in policemen’s living standards, and he expressed hope that the planned hike in public service salaries in 2009, to 2 million rupiah ($210) per month, would help towards this end.

Our men will get more than that. Hopefully the rise in salaries will raise their living standards.

He also viewed as positive the coming payment of a “13th month” bonus in July for public servants, including police officers.

It will help my men, their salary is really pretty low. It will help them pay school fees.

Meanwhile ordinary citizens, most of whom do not make as much policemen and who also have to pay school fees for their children, will have to keep topping up the policemen’s pay cheque.

3 Comments on “No End To Police Corruption”

  1. Andre says:

    One way to help improve the standard of living of our policemen without burdening the state budget is through involving local government in providing incentives to the police stationed its jurisdiction. The money itself can be pulled out from many sources. For example, we, as a citizen, are obligated to pay a certain amount of money to the local government (Pemda) in the form of taxes. Or another way, the local government itself has several major sources of income that are used to underpin the local program, for example Kutai Kertanegara with its forestry sector, Riau with its oil and gas resources, Gorontalo with its fishery products, Bali with its tourism industry.

    Then my two cents is, which is consistent with the spirit of local government autonomy, every year the local government must set aside a certain amount of money from its budget to support local police forces stationed in its jurisdiction (The money should go towards Polres & Polsek as the frontier of The National Police Force). This money must be used towards providing incentives for low-and-medium-rank police officers as a supeopleement to their basic wages, providing equipments (patrol cars, police gears, build police stations, or even helicopters) through supporting daily routine supeopleies (such as providing 50% of total gasoline consumption for patrol cars, where the other half will be provided by the Headquarter of the National Police). And of course this funding must be accountable, which means by the end of the budget year the police headquarters must provide a report for the Local House of Representative or the mayor (governor) detailing where the financial support goes, making sure the assistantship is used in an appropriate way (not prospering the police commanders or such).

    Through implementing this scheme, the local citizens will be aware where their monies go. And I am confident they will be very supportive or, even better, the scheme will act as an incentive for them to pay taxes, coz they know the money will be used for their own safety. Not like todays, we never have any idea of where all these monies go; all the things we know, the money goes toward buying luxury cars for the governor, his lieutenants, and the Representatives in DPRD, providing assistance for their vacations abroad, or other inappropriate spending.

    With this scheme as well, we will find modern police squads “owned” (not literally) by rich local governments, such as Kutai Kertanegara, Balikpapan, and Riau. And this is for their own sake, to help protect their assets and their people. However for the less-affluent regions, it is now the role of the central government and the Headquarter of the National Police to assist them with more money than their counterparts deserve from affluent regions.

    And also, this scheme will not diminish the concept of the National Police. The commander of the local police will still be reporting to the chief of police in provincial level (Kapolda) and accepting commands only from them. However, they still have to take responsibility for the use of the local government’s funding and are not responsible to accede with local government’s will.

    My final words, with this concept we can have a strong national police and full participation from the local government towards its own safety and the robust National Police forces.

  2. Bali says:

    The answer is for the USA, Britain and Australia to stop supporting the illegal hate regime in Jakarta.

  3. Dragonwall says:

    I see a mix up in socio economy, corruption and interfering with government programs.

    Taxes are being paid for it to be sent to the Central Government and set out as ABPN and APBD. By taking the tax sought after by Pemda is like circumventing what is suppose to be receive by the Central Government in whole. We must not forget the tax paid to Pemda have already been sunat by those so call tax people working with corrupt officials. So just imagine how much will then be left for the Central Government. Then the GDP decrease and APBN and APBd being short changed.

    Corruption is already the biggest headache and problem that is underminig the national economy so don’t you think it will even worsen the already worse economy?

    If Sutanto is prepare to put Gambling, I mean this as part of national development and not to corrupt everyone’s mind, then he should draw out a blue print how to handle and legalize Gambling. From development, to implementation and using part of the force as security for additional income to the force.

    Like in Singapore. There is the Police Force and there is the Cisco Guards. Why?
    The Police are professional in performing their duties and upheld the law and whereas the Cisco are made up of mix between regulars and reserve to provide armed and guard service to the business community. They will also help out in time of need when it arises. This generate a substantial income for the Police Force and will not burden the government.
    The police have their own jata. Each station have their given task in covering their salaries and expenses for the station’s operation and upkeeping. they do not entirely dependent of the government.
    No one must be given authority to lay their hands on income tax, consumer tax, dutiable tax, property tax etc. These are for national developments.

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