Native Papuans Make up 70 Percent of Papuan Police Force

Kapolda Papua Irjen Polisi Paulus Waterpauw

JAYAPURA, – This year, 70 percent of the quota of the national Police Brigade in Papua will be made up of native Papuans.

The Papuan Police Chief, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw explains that his side has endeavoured to fulfil the 70 percent quota of native Papuans recruited as cadets.

“We try to have 70 percent made up of native Papuans, but we were not successful previously. That’s why we have accepted those of Melanesian descent from Ambon and NTT who were born and raised in Papua. We were able to reach the 70 percent quota,” he explained to journalists at the opening of the Police Brigadier Training at the SPN field on Wednesday morning (10/08).

Those who pass selection will participate in the seven-month Police Brigadier training at the national Police School (SPN) in Jayapura.

Waterpauw explains that the recruitment of native Papuans is part of a policy to prioritize the local community. “This is so that they can be the local boys for the local job, which in turn will develop and serve their own communities. Developing this land by serving the people including the younger generation in the future,” said Waterpauw, himself a native son from Fak Fak regency.

Those recruited totalled 333 people consisting of 270 for Papua province and 68 for West Papua province. Out of the 270 Papuans, five are participating in the the Water Police training (Polair), at the SPN in Jayapura so that of the Papua police, 265 are natives and 94 are non-natives. In West Papua, 68 people are trained, consisting of 51 native Papuans and 17 non-Papuans for a total of 333.

From the natives recruited, explained Waterpauw, most that were recruited are from the border areas. “Back then, this area was full because most of the men who became police officers are those living near the city. Now there are no families present as you can see. This is because most of the recruits are from the remote areas with no police presence. But they are from the border areas like Sentani and Unurumguay,” he added.


Source: Warta Plus

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