Indonesia: Police from 12 countries discuss public order management
25-11-2013 News Release
Jakarta (ICRC) – Twenty-two police officers from 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions are taking part in a workshop on public order management that has been under way in Denpasar, Bali, since 20 November. The event is being hosted by the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jakarta.
The workshop brings together police officers with considerable experience in public order management, planning and operation in their respective countries. It is a rare yet useful forum for exchanges and for sharing best practices and experiences, particularly the use of communication and dialogue as tools to prevent or reduce any escalation of violence.
"We believe in timely and appropriate dialogue as an alternative to crisis management and resolution," said Frédéric Fournier, head of the ICRC regional delegation in Jakarta. "We believe that it can reduce confrontations and minimize their effects in humanitarian terms."
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are represented. The participants, who are focusing on topics presented by ICRC experts on international policing standards, have made many valuable contributions to the discussions.
"At public events that could potentially turn violent, dialogue should be our primary way of dealing with the situation," said Superintendent Gatot Mangkurat, the deputy chief of the Jakarta province mobile brigade. "I'm sure that the ideas and best practices of my fellow police officers from other countries could improve our approach in the future."
The ICRC regularly organizes workshops on international policing standards in various countries of the Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions. In Indonesia, hundreds of mobile brigade officers have attended these events.
For further information, please contact:
Daniel Agob, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 811 836 508
John-Erik Jensen, ICRC Kuala Lumpur, tel: +60 123 933 587