[Updated on Dec. 27, 2012]
The National Police cut some 300 rogue police officers from its ranks in 2012 as part of an effort to curb corruption in the department.
The reportedly corrupt cops ran the gamut of titles and divisions, from former traffic division head Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo to the average trooper, Comr. Gen. Nanan Soekarna said.
This year’s numbers were similar to last year’s, when about 300 police officers were cut from the force amid corruption allegations.
“The gist is that their naughtiness is not because they are dumb, but because of their lack of commitment,” Nanan said. “[It is] because this is not in the right place,” he said as he pointed to his heart.
The department recently introduced a number of policies at the National Police headquarters aimed to cut down on ethics violations, he said, such as a new oath for high-ranking officers that requires them to promise not to engage in corruption or ethics violations.
Many police officers have been involved in crimes, including graft, bribery, extortion and illicit drugs trafficking cases.
Two police officers from North Sumatra, for instance, were arrested on Friday night for allegedly extorting a drug suspect.
The National Police’s Mobile Brigade unit, known as Brimob, arrested the two officers identified as Head Brig. J.H.D. and Brig. R.H.N. They are both members of the North Sumatra Police’s narcotics crime unit.
The officers allegedly asked for Rp 150 million ($15,500) from a 19-year-old suspect, identified as Alex, who was arrested for crystal meth possession, in exchange for his release.
The suspect’s family then contacted the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) after they had agreed to pay the two police officers Rp 47 million.
Four Brimob members arrested the two officers after they received the money on Friday night on Jalan Sisingamangaraja in Medan.
The two initially resisted the arrest, but eventually gave up and were escorted to the North Sumatra Brimob headquarters.
In September, Aceh Police admitted the involvement of their own personnel in the high-volume trafficking of drugs in the province.
Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan, the Aceh Police chief, blamed the high volume of drugs trafficked in the province on the involvement of police, citing the arrest of an officer in Medan, North Sumatra, for alleged drug trafficking.
Last December, Iskandar revealed that up to 1,000 of the Aceh Police’s 13,000 officers had tested positive for drug use, but no charges were ever pressed against them. Instead, they were sent on a month-long reform program.