Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on the National Police to uphold humanity and professionalism in carrying out their duty amid the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
Addressing an audience of active police personnel during a ceremony to commemorate the National Police's 74th anniversary on Wednesday, Jokowi emphasized the importance of law enforcement in maintaining public order and safety, which would in turn contribute to the mitigation of the coronavirus pandemic.
"In this difficult situation, the presence and involvement of all National Police members is sorely needed," he said during his opening remarks.
"I'd like to emphasize that public safety is of utmost importance. The well-being and interests of the people constitute the highest law – carry out this humanitarian duty persuasively and humanely."
He went on to urge the National Police to commit to a total reform so as to ensure professionalism and unbiased allegiance to public service.
Furthermore, the President also called for transparency and accountability to bolster public trust in the force, adding that robust collaboration with members of the public and other state elements, such as the Indonesian Military, was of paramount urgency amid the current crisis.
In stark contrast to previous anniversary ceremonies, Wednesday's event was held virtually from the State Palace and the National Police's Criminal Investigation Department in Jakarta with Jokowi presiding over the proceedings.