President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) congratulated the National Police (Polri) on its 72nd anniversary and called on the Polri to help strengthen the nation`s unity.
"On behalf of the people, nation, and state, I convey my congratulations on the 72nd anniversary of Bhayangkara Day to every police officer and the big family of Polri in Indonesia, wherever you are assigned, from Sabang to Merauke, from Mianggas to Rote Isle," the president stated while acting as inspector of a ceremony to celebrate Bhayangkara Day here, Wednesday.
Jokowi emphasized that Polri must promote brotherhood and harmony among elements of the public, so they would not be trapped in a circle of hostility and hatred.
The ceremony was also attended by Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla and spouse Mufidah, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian, Head of the Corruption Eradication Community (KPK) Agus Rahardjo and KPK commissioners -- Saut Situmorang, Basaria Panjaitan -- as well as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan,
The president reminded the police to use information technology as a precautionary and preventive measure against various crimes emerging in the current digital era.
"Polri must be ready to deal with transnational crimes, such as cyber crimes, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and arms smuggling, as well as terrorism," he remarked.
The head of state condemned the terror attacks by suicide bombers that not only targeted the public but also police officers.
He urged the police to maintain harmony and values of diversity as well as take precautionary measures against horizontal conflicts on the pretext of race and religion.
On the occasion, the president presented awards to four police officers for their achievements and significant contribution in maintaining law and order.
President Jokowi lauded the Law and Order Index that placed Indonesia among the top 10 safest countries in the world.
"As we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the National Police, we receive good news from Gallup Law and Order that has placed Indonesia among the top 10 safest countries in the world," Jokowi affirmed.
The head of state expressed pride over the achievement resulting from the hard work of various elements of the nation, including the dedication and hard work of the National Police .
The 2018 Global Law and Order report compiled by consultancy firm Gallup found that Singapore and Indonesia are among the safest countries in the world, ahead of several developed countries in East Asia and Europe, according to seasia.co online media on June 19.
The 2018 Global Law and Order survey involved 148 thousand people from around the world to evaluate how safe they feel in their respective countries, and the participants were asked whether they felt safe walking alone at night, had confidence in the police, had property stolen from them or their family, and whether they had been mugged in the last 12 months.
Seasia.co, wrote that more than two-thirds of people worldwide have confidence in their police forces and feel safe walking alone at night.
Singapore is at the top of the Law and Order Index, while Indonesia ranks ninth, below Switzerland and Canada and just above Denmark, seasia.co reported. (ANTARA)