“The drug rehabilitation program will be conducted in several batches starting from mid-July, with 80 police personnel joining (a batch),” he told journalists here on Thursday while speaking about the South Sumatra police’s efforts to help cops recover from drug addition.
In early July, South Sumatra Police Chief, Inspector General Indra Heri, had issued a policy on ridding police institutions of drug abuse and addiction, under which, police officers were given a chance to confess to drug use, the spokesperson revealed.
In response to the policy, several hundred police personnel voluntarily admitted that they had consumed illicit drugs, and they also expressed their willingness to participate in a drug rehabilitation program, Supriadi said.
Once the rehabilitation program finishes, drug testing will be conducted randomly to make sure that no cop or civil servant employed at the South Sumatra Police Headquarters uses drugs, he added.
Domestic and transnational drug dealers perceive Indonesia as a potential market due to its large population and millions of drug users. The drug trade in Indonesia is valued at almost Rp66 trillion.
People from all strata of society are falling prey to drugs, regardless of socio-economic and professional backgrounds .
On July 5, 2020, a member of the Tarakan police precinct, identified as AL, was arrested for a drug-related offence, according to the North Kalimantan office of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).
The agency's investigators apprehended AL following the arrest of another person, identified as AR, during a drug raid the same day, head of the BNN-North Kalimantan office's Law Enforcement Division, Adjunct Sen. Coms. Deden Andriana, stated.
In June this year, a policeman was arrested for consuming drugs at a hotel in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.
The policeman, identified as EW, and three other persons were reportedly caught consuming crystal methamphetamine during a drug raid and placed under police custody. The raid also led to the seizure of 19 grams of crystal meth. (INE)
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