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    West Java Police & Kodam III / Siliwangi Hold Joint Exercise for 2019 Election Security


    CIMAHI - A group of mobs held a demonstration demanding that the vote count be dissolved and re-election be held. The demonstration ended in chaos, so security forces deployed tracking dogs, water canons, and tear gas to disperse the crowd who continued to rush to the KPU office in West Java Province.

    Hundreds of security forces from the TNI and Polri elements went down to appease the masses. However, there were two protesters who were victims of being hit by rubber bullets. These two people seemed to carry sharp weapons and continued to provoke other masses to act anarchists.

    The event was part of a joint training simulation between Kodam III / Siliwangi soldiers and members of the West Java Regional Police in Brigif Kujang 15 Field, Cimahi City, Friday (03/08/19). This exercise was held in the framework of the National Police's readiness with the TNI to secure the 2019 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

    Simulations are carried out thoroughly. Standard operational simulation procedures in carrying out criminal prosecution, VIP safeguards, simulating the calm period and controlling campaign attributes by involving Satpol PP, TNI, and Polri were also carried out. There is also a security simulation of electoral logistics distribution, security of polling stations when voting and counting, and a terror simulation in the business area in the form of robbery and hostage taking.

    The Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum who attended the joint exercise considered that the simulation was a form of security collaboration carried out by the Indonesian National Police with the TNI. This is very important because the collaboration or togetherness of the state apparatus will increase people's confidence.

    "Because with the collaboration of state tools, it will increase people's confidence. And it will also add to the calm and will bring this country increasingly unshaken by people who want to divide, "Uu said when met after the event.

    Furthermore, Uu hopes that the togetherness of the TNI / Police and the community can be strengthened. For this reason, he requested that such joint exercises also involve elements of civil security, namely officers of the Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) who often face the community directly.

    "We also need to be involved in this exercise, if possible, government officials, Satpol PP," hoped Uu.

    "Therefore, in the future why there are no exercises for the Satpol PP carried out collaborating or being educated by the National Police," he continued.

    Meanwhile, Head of the Indonesian Intelligence and Security Agency (Kabintelkam) Komjen Pol. Unggung Cahyono, who also watched the simulation, said that the joint training was carried out simultaneously in all Regional Police. According to Unggung, there is the potential for electoral vulnerability that must be anticipated, so that the TNI and Polri are ready to work together to secure the election process this year.

    "We have an election vulnerability index that we must anticipate together. So, the TNI and Polri are ready to secure the 2019 Election, "Unggung said when met after the event.

    Unggung emphasizes that election security will be carried out in accordance with existing operational standard procedures, so as to continue to uphold the value of Human Rights.

    "(Security) demonstrations (security forces) may not use weapons, even if the anarchist (weapon) is only to paralyze him (the protester). We uphold human rights, "he said.

    On the same occasion, West Java Regional Police Chief Inspector General of Police. Agung Budi Maryoto said that the joint exercise involved around 4,300 TNI / Polri personnel. This is an effort to prepare the Kodam III / Siliwangi and West Java Regional Police in securing the elections to be held on April 17, 2019.

    "We are ready to deploy our members in the Regional Police, fully backed up from the power of Kodam III / Siliwangi to carry out the security of this election," Agung said.

    Agung assessed that there is no potential for electoral conflict until now in the legal area of ??the West Java Regional Police. However, Agung still asks every Polres and Dandim to remain ready if there is potential to not develop.

    "All police chiefs and Dandim all cannot underestimate. Every time there is potential (conflict) the solution must be done, so that it does not develop. Alhamdulillah, to this day, there is no potential (conflict) in the entire Kodam III / Siliwangi and West Java Regional Police, "he said.

    Pangdam III / Siliwangi Maj. Gen. Tri Soewandono also considered that to secure the democratic process the presidential and legislative elections could not be carried out by one party alone. There needs to be synergy from all components of the nation.

    Tri also determined that the TNI and Polri through synergy with the community would secure the democratic party as well as possible. This joint exercise is a form of readiness for TNI troops and members of the National Police to provide a sense of security and trust in the community.

    "The police and the military will secure all the activities of this democratic party as well as possible with the help of the community with good synergy," he said.

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