Bali police scrap plan to install detectors at ports

Bali police scrap plan to install detectors at ports

BALI - The Bali Police have scrapped a plan to position two sophisticated mobile X-ray vehicles at Gilimanuk and Padangbai, the island's two major ferry ports.

Instead, the vehicles, which were donated by the provincial administration in late 2012, are to be deployed to provide an additional layer of security for high profile events, including the upcoming Miss World pageant and the APEC Summit.

Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wachyunadi told reporters recently that the police classified the high-tech units as a special tool that would only be used sparingly for special events.

"Yes, the initial plan, indeed, was to secure the two main gateways to Bali. But it was just a plan. We have decided not to place the units permanently at the two ports," Arif admitted.

"The units are special tools, not a major tool that we could use regularly and on a daily basis."

Another consideration, Arif disclosed, was that the police were trying to prolong the units' operational longevity.

"Using the units too frequently would increase the possibility of malfunction or damage, thus, reducing the length of their operational life,"

The police intend to deploy the units during the Miss World pageant, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting, and the World Cultural Conference.

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