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Walking the Bali Police Beat

Bali's Police of the Chief Gets Up Close and Personal with New Year's Eve Celebrants During a 'Walkabout' of Kuta Beach.

(1/6/2007) No one can accuse Bali's Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Purwoko of losing touch with the people in his job of working to keep Bali safe for tourist visitors and local residents.

Proving himself a "man of the people," Chief Purwoko spent the early hours of New Year's eve personally inspecting security measures at the U.S. and Australian consulates in Bali, later visiting the Nusa Dua Hotel complex and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument.

Running up to midnight, the Chief arrived in the busy night-life sector of Kuta only to find his vehicle caught up in a traffic grid-lock. Undeterred, Purwoko left his car and undertook a 6-kilometer walk through the busy streets of Kuta where he sought out both domestic and foreign visitors to extend his New Year's wishes and gather first-hand information on their holiday experience in Bali.

When asked by a local reporter on the motivation for his walkabout, Purwoko saluted the support of the local populace in maintaining Bali's security and expressed the wish that any distance between his office and the people be eliminated.

Working until the early hours of New Year’s day, Bali's Police Chief undertook an additional walking tour of the Tuban area of Kuta, including rushing to the scene of an early-morning fire at the Thai Express Restaurant.