- Title: Security tightened in Jakarta ahead of New Year
- Date: 31st December 2016
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 31, 2016) (REUTERS) JAKARTA CIVIL SERVICE POLICE BRIEFING POLICE SHOES CIVIL SERVICE POLICE TOP OF NATIONAL MONUMENT WHERE A NEW YEAR PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE JAKARTA CIVIL SERVICE POLICE SECRETARY, IWAN SAMOSIR GIVING SPEECH (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) JAKARTA CIVIL SERVICE POLICE SECRETARY, IWAN SAMOSIR, SAYING: "The presence of the civil service police here is to provide security so that all celebrations and activities can run smoothly. We are part of the three pillars security system together with Indonesian police and army." VARIOUS OF POLICE MOBILE COMMAND CONTROL CENTER PARKED AT NATIONAL MONUMENT AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) LAMPUNG RESIDENT, YUDI WAHYUDI, SAYING: "Yes for security there is police and I don't think we need to worry but we still need to be vigilant." VARIOUS OF WAHYUDI WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AT NATIONAL MONUMENT AREA VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HANGING AROUND AT NATIONAL MONUMENT AREA CAR QUEUING AT ANCOL BEACH AREA FAMILY OF SRI HARTINI AT PARK IN ANCOL AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) JAKARTA RESIDENT, SRI HARTINI, SAYING: "We are still worried but I think the security gives us a bit of a sense of relief. You can see around this area that the security personnel are ready to protect the visitors." VARIOUS OF INDONESIAN ARMY PATROLLING PEDESTRIAN AREA A TACTICAL POLICE VEHICLE PARKING AT ROAD SIDE SIGN READING (Bahasa Indonesia) "POLICE" ON VEHICLE PLAIN CLOTHES POLICE OFFICERS AT PARKING AREA TRAFFIC POLICE TALKING WITH A PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICER PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICER'S GUN TRAFFIC SIGN READING (English) 'HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017" JAKARTA'S WELCOME STATUE AT ROUNDABOUT TRAFFIC ROUNDABOUT
- Embargoed: 15th January 2017 08:32
- Keywords: New Year celebration security Indonesia
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0015F7RBYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Security was tightened around the Indonesian capital on Saturday (December 31) ahead of New Year Eve celebrations at several locations.
National media reported that about 20,000 personnel were deployed to secure the countdown party, while civil service police deployed about 4,800 officers who would mainly be controlling the Ancol beach area and the National Monument complex.
"The presence of the civil service police here is to provide security so that all celebrations and activities can run smoothly. We are part of the three pillars security system together with Indonesian police and army," Jakarta Civil Service Police Secretary Iwan Samosir told Reuters at a police meeting at the National Monument complex.
In the early afternoon people had already started gathering ahead of street parties.
"Yes for security there is police and I don't think we need to worry but we still need to be vigilant," said Lampung resident Yudi Wahyudi, who took seven members of their family to Jakarta to celebrate New Year Eve.
"We are still worried but I think the security gives us a bit of a sense of relief. You can see around this area that the security personnel are ready to protect the visitors," said Jakarta resident, Sri Hartini.
Police in Indonesia have arrested dozens of suspected militants in recent months, including a group on an island near Singapore who police say were planning to attack the city-state with a rocket.
Indonesia's elite police unit, Special Detachment 88, has foiled at least 15 attacks this year and made more than 150 arrests.
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