'Conventional crimes' to be focus of Jakarta Police chief

'Conventional crimes' to be focus of Jakarta Police chief

JAKARTA - Recently sworn in Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Dwi Priyatno says that he will focus on "conventional crimes" in the capital while maintaining the force's existing vision.

Priyatno was inaugurated Tuesday, replacing Insp. Gen. Putut Eko Bayuseno, in a handing-off ceremony at the National Police in South Jakarta.

During the inauguration, Putut was named the new head of the National Police Security Maintenance Agency.

Priyatno's previous position as Central Java Police chief was handed to former West Sumatra Police chief Brig. Gen. Noer Ali.

Priyatno said he had been briefed by his staff about the criminal trends in Jakarta.

"There seems to be a rise in the number of conventional crimes [kidnapping, murder] and drug cases in this city. The police will require the assistance of the public in order to tackle these crimes," the Purbalingga-born police head told reporters on Tuesday.

He added that a more comprehensive handling of drug cases would be one of his priorities due to the fact that it was a nationwide problem.

Priyatno himself was not a relatively outstanding figure in the police force, said Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) head Neta S. Pane. But Priyatno, Neta said, had cultivated a reliable reputation as the Central Java Police chief, where he served from 2013, and improved the esteem of the police in the region.

"As a result of his leadership, the Central Java Police has managed to make the region a very safe and clean one. It may be attributed to his blusukan [impromptu visits], where he would directly collaborate with district precincts and develop better cooperation with the central command," Neta told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Neta added that while Priyatno remained a relatively unknown figure, his positive reputation as head of the Central Java Police may serve as an example of his capabilities as a leader.

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