‘Zero Point’ of National Police Reform
Beyond the issue of clothes, watches and luxury cars among police officers actually lie acute problems regarding law enforcement institutions, which in fact need a lot of improvement.
All eyes are now on the Ferdy Sambo case, which is on trial at court. Anger and sadness mix with speculation about the “black book”, gambling and drug networks. The thing we have to worry about is the idea that those problems will “go away” as if they can be solved with a court verdict.
Several days ago, when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo summoned police officers, there was an order for the police not to show off a luxurious lifestyle. However, the point is left untouched: how is this luxurious lifestyle obtained? As a result of the president’s appeal, the car brands parking at police offices have changed; but the question is, will the behavior of the policemen and the way in which the law is enforced change too?