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The Mangku Pastika Method of Law Enforcement

Bali's Police Chief Tells International Conference on Counter Terrorism About His Approach to International Police Cooperation.

(2/9/2004) At the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Terrorism held at the Nusa Dua Complex February 4-5, 2004, Bali's Chief of Police Inspector General Made Mangku Pastika was a featured speaker at the conference attended by President Megawati; government ministers from 23 countries; and ranking officials in law enforcement from Europe, Australia and the United States.

The ministers and law enforcement officials attending the conference were eager to learn the views of Chief Pastika on how best to deploy and coordinate an international police investigation in the aftermath of an international terrorist incident, such as the one that occurred in Bali on October 12, 2002.

After briefing the conference attendees on the forensic and investigative steps that led to more than 30 arrests following the Bali bombing, Chief Pastika shared his views on the unprecedented level of international police cooperation achieved under his directions.

Operating under written rules of engagement (ROE) signed in the days after the bombing, Chief Pastika managed to coordinate a massive police effort by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Scotland Yard, and police from Germany, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden. Those rules of engagement and a separate set of procedures for mutual assistance on criminal method stipulated limits on police powers for visiting police officials and protocols for sharing all evidence and information collected during the course of the investigation.

In his conference presentation, as reported in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, the Bali Police Chief showed slides of how the investigation developed day by day and related anecdotal stories on how he learned to cultivate cooperation between visiting policemen, including an episode when foreign police officers forced their way into a local hotel room while investigating the bombing, acting outside their limited authority as consultants to a Bali police investigation. According to the report, Chief Pastika wasted no time in laying down the law to the visiting police officers, exercising the leadership and command style that earned him respect from fellow police officers from around the world and eventually resulted in the arrest of the Bali bombers.