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When the Police are Busted

Bali Police Underfunded in Fight Against Crime.

(11/29/2010) The Jakarta Post quotes Bali's chief of police, General Hadiatmoko, complaining that one of the biggest obstacles to fighting crime on the island is the lack of funding. "We have enough people, but they can't work optimally on a limited budget," explaining that he has a per case investigate allocation of Rp. 2.5 million (US$279) for petty crime, Rp. 7 million (US$781) for larger crimes and up to Rp. 14 million (US$1,560) for major cases.

The man who heads the Bali police said these amounts are often insufficient to cover the cost of handling a crime, especially if his investigative officers were required to travel out of town to collect evidence or apprehend suspects.

Despite the lack of funds, Hadiatmoko pledged his officers would not be deterred from crime fighting with officers prepared to sleep in their cars or at local precinct houses when a case took them out of town.

National Police Commission member, Novel Ali, admitted that funding for police work and equipment was low, but warned the public that they should always refuse requests from officers demanding fees to investigate a crime.

The Bali police have sometimes received help from third parties who donate cars and motorcycles, video cameras, computers GPS and CCTV system to help them fight crime.