TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police is ready to deploy its personnel to secure the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. For the reserve team alone, there will be 22,000 forces prepared by the Jakarta Police and 3,000 in Palembang.
The addition of the reserve team is also a response to a series of recent terrorist acts in Indonesia. Police want to ensure the security of all the event's participant.
"We'll see the condition in the future. We've prepared about 22,000 reserve forces. That is for Jakarta alone,” said Chef de Mission Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games Comr. Gen. Syafruddin, after the coordination meeting on Asian Games in Central Jakarta, Thursday, May 17.
The security will not only be done during the game and not limited to physical but also at the information technology (IT) aspect. A full escort will also cover the Torch Relay which will be held in 18 provinces.
Earlier, the Chief of Police Tito Karnavian said the main team to be deployed was 36,000, which is not include the National Army (TNI) personnel.
Syafruddin said the security is in line with international standards, especially at the opening ceremony on August 18, where a number of Asian leaders will attend. “TNI will be responsible to the security of VVIP with the police backup,” he added.
The 2018 Asian Games will be held from 18 August to September 2. At least 15,000 athletes will compete in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang.