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1,700 Bali Police Officers Deployed to Keep the Peace

New Bali Police Chief Plans High Profile Police Presence to Keep Island Running Smoothly During Busy Idul Fitri Holidays.

(9/6/2010) The Bali Police will deploy 1,700 officers across the island to safeguard the Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1432 H holidays, expected to be the busiest travel period of the entire year.

Bali's chief of police, General Hadiatmoko, announced plans to spare no effort to safeguard Bali and its many visitors in a meeting with the press at his office in Denpasar on Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

Give the codename Ketupat Agung 2010 in honor or the boiled rice delicacies wrapped in coconut leaves and emblematic of the Moslem holiday, the security operation will stretch from September 3 18, 2010, ending 7 days after the actual Idul Fitri holiday September 11-12, 2010.

21 special additional police posts will be in operation at various locations in Bali to assist travelers and increase police presence.

The spokesman for the Bali Police, Sugianyar, explained to BeritaBali.com that security in Bali over the long holiday will be maintained by 1,700 officers. In addition to officers assigned to deal with accidents and citizen complaints, police will also be on duty provide information and medical assistance to the public.

The Department of Transportation and the State-owned insurer Jasa Raharja are establishing road side workshops to assist motorists whose vehicles breakdown on the pilgrimage to and from the places of birth.

Sugianyar explained: "Observation Posts (Pos Pantai) will be in place on the main roads between Denpasar Gilimanuk and Denpasar-Padang Bai to monitor traffic congestion. Finally, there will Security Posts (Pos Pengamanan) in main tourist areas such as Kuta, Sukawati, Simpang Siur and other areas to protect visiting tourists."

Sugianyar called for close supervision of ticket sales from transportation providers to avoid over loading of ships leaving from Gilimanuk and Padang Bai.