The Polri chief made the comments during a public lecture at the Institute of Public Administration (IPDN) in Jatinangor, Sumedang District, West Java, on Wednesday.
The country that has a high level of diversity must be managed wisely in order for that diversity to not become a major threat, he added.
The diversity of the country enriches the color of the Indonesian nation; therefore it must be managed and maintained appropriately, said Karnavian.
In his lecture, he suggested that human civilization has been formed by empires and kingdoms from the beginning to the current time.
"Indonesia experienced a period of colonization by a western empire," he added.
He proposed that an empire would create a strong military that can defend national territory, as well as an effective police force and intelligence service that will maintain internal order and prevent social upheaval.
A powerful but corruption free bureaucratic system is also essential in order for the country to run well, he said.
"We must have strong and clean politicians, the role of IPDN and the Police Academy is very important with regards to maintaining a strong police force, Akmil has a very important role," Karnavian added.
He also highlighted the role of IPDN in training future bureaucrats that can run a clean and effective government.
"The role of IPDN is to train cadres on how to establish clean governments and efficient bureaucratic systems, this is really very important," the police chief said.(*)