60 local pecalang members from North Kuta recently received a day's session of special training on traffic control and maintaining public order on Monday, September 18, 2006 from the Bali Police.
Pecalang is the name applied in Indonesia to traditionally dressed members of the local vigilante corps established in local community units across Bali and normally deployed to maintain order at religious ceremonies and festivals.
Supervised by the precinct chief of North Bali, Officer IB Ketut Mantra, the participants received pointers on combating criminality, basic traffic control and maintaining positive relationships with the public.
Local Kuta community official, Made Parmita, commended the training program and called for it to be undertaken on a yearly basis in order to train the ever-changing cadres who comprise Kuta's pecalang.
The sub-district chief for North Kuta, AA Yuda Darma, also expressed his support for the community policing training saying the increasing number of traditional ceremonies and the resulting need to close local roads underline the necessity of such training.
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