Riau Police Chief Vows to Improve Forest Fire Handling



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The newly inaugurated Riau Police Chief Insp. Gen. Imam Effendi pledged to improve efforts in handling land and forest fires.

    “We will resume the existing efforts and step it up along with others,” said Agung after the inauguration ceremony at the National Police Headquarters, South Jakarta, Monday, September 30.

    The former police’s director of economic and special crimes said he would draft programs in tandem with related parties including Military Force (TNI) and regional administration. The previous programs would still be the reference and evaluation material. “But first, we will proceed with the existing efforts,” Agung said.

    Agung was inaugurated by National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian, as a replacement of Insp. Gen. Widodo Eko Prihastopo who is currently positioned as the Police’s Security Intelligence Agency (Pati Baintelkam).

    Other than Agung, Tito Karnavian inaugurated Brig. Gen. Merdisyam as Southeast Sulawesi Police Chief, replacing Brig. Gen. Iriyanto who is Police's General Supervision Inspectorate (Irwil 3 Irwasum) and Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw as Papua Regional Police Chief to succeed Insp. Gen. Rudolf Albert Rodja who is now the main policy analyst of Police’s Sabhara Baharkam.

    Riau, Papua, and Southeast Sulawesi currently become the national spotlight since the three regions are dealing with issues, such as land and forest fires, riots and human rights violations, as well as the death of two students during the rally last Thursday, respectively.