Bali Police ready to safeguard Miss World

Bali Police ready to safeguard Miss World
Miss World Philippines 2013 candidates pose for photographers during a press presentation at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque city, metro Manila July 31, 2013.

Bali Police, with support from the military and pecalang (Balinese traditional security guards), said it would ensure the Miss World pageant in Bali in September would run smoothly.

Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wachyunadi told journalists that hundreds of personnel would be deployed to sites - in places such as Badung, Denpasar, Karangasem, Klungkung and Tabanan - to safeguard the contestants when they were there.

"The security arrangements will be in accordance with our high-profile international event standard operation procedure," Wachyunadi said.

Wachyunadi's security announcment follows hot on the heels of demands by Habib Rizieq Shibab, leader of the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI), who ordered the government to revoke the event permit or risk massive protests across the country.

On Thursday, Wachyunadi implied that the police were even prepared to deploy a much larger force saying that it would respond to "the dynamic of the situation."

The regional police in Bali have at least 10 companies of community control team (Dalmas) troopers, who are well-trained and well-equipped in executing crowd control, as well as three battalions of combat-grade Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers.

In addition, the warm relationship between Wachyunadi and Udayana Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, also means that the army would be on hand to respond to any situation. In May and June, a large contingent of soldiers was dispatched across the island to assist the police in securing the gubernatorial election.

Udayana Military Command has one ranger-qualified combat battalion stationed in Bali and a dedicated counterterrorism unit.

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