The president officially installed Karnavian as the new Police chief at the State Palace here at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, based on Presidential Decree No.48/Polri/2016 on the dismissal and appointment of the Police chief.
After been sworn in, Karnavian signed the paperwork accepting his role as chief of police in the presence of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.
President Jokowi expressed hope that Karnavian will be able to boost the image and prestige of the National Police.
The House of Representatives approved the nomination of Commissioner General Karnavian as the new National Police chief at a plenary meeting held on June 27.
Karnavian, previously chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency, joined the police academy in 1987 and had earlier held several posts, including that of the Jakarta Police chief and the head of the Special Detachment 88 counter-terrorism squad.
Born in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, on October 26, 1964, Karnavian graduated from the Exeter University in the Great Britain and earned his masters degree in Police Studies in 1993, among others.
In 1998, Karnavian graduated from the Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, with Strategic Studies as a major subject. Later, Karnavian earned his PhD from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore in 2013.
Karnavians reputation began to grow during his term with the Polices Special Detachment 88, which succeeded in neutralizing notorious terrorist leaders, such as Azhari Husin and Noordin M. Top.