Civil Service Police Unit
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Logo of the Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) of Indonesia
|Formed||3 Maret 1950|
|Minister responsible||Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister for Home Affairs|
The Civil Service Police Unit, or in Indonesian Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja (Satpol PP), is an Indonesian local governmental law-enforcement body operated by the Department of Home Affairs. Its members are known as "public order officers" or "local municipal officers".
The Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) and the Indonesian National Police (POLRI) are specifically different. The Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) duties are to assist the local regional head (city and/or state) of the government affairs in the field of Security and Public Order which is to enforce regulations of the region, they are under the Department of Home Affairs. The Indonesian National Police or POLRI duties are to law enforce, protection and serving of the people, investigation and prevention of crime, control disturbance and social deviation of an area (city, province/state, and country), response for public matters, etc, they are directly under the auspices of the president of the republic of Indonesia and do not represent from a particular governmental ministry/department.
This Law Enforcement is active in Indonesia and is available in every city or province of the country like the Police and Military. The Indonesian Civil Service Police Unit or in Indonesian known as Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja (Satpol PP) duties are:
- Take action to illegal street vendors, street beggars, and other kinds of problem which disturb the public condition
- Take action to illegal residential areas which are not legally agreed by the city mayor
- Supervision and security for protocol activities
- Controlling and supervising points of public entertainment
- Implementing of the control of public facilities dysfunction
- Taking action and anticipating massive crowds/riots who are against the order and regulations from the city mayor
- Supervision of the public to abide by and comply with local city/area rules and regulations ordered by the city mayor
- Supervising the public by the order of the local city mayor
For those who have been accused of the violation of the Indonesian National constitutional laws and regulations are the responsibility of the National Police to arrest and take action, which the Civil Service Police Unit responsibility is only to implement the tasks of the regional local government to deal with those who have violated the regulations of the region.
In 2010, a controversial decree by Gamawan Fauzi (the Minister of Home Affairs), allows members of the unit to be armed with gas-powered revolvers or blanks, electric shock sticks, and batons or baton for riot and crowd anticipation.
- ‘Satpol must not be armed’, Jakarta Post, 11 July 2010
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