Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Assistant to the National Police (Polri) Chief, Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo, stated that his side will recruit 10 thousand people to be assigned in the four provinces in Papua.

The recruitment of 10 thousand personnel will be carried out from 2024 to 2028, Prasetyo said here on Sunday.

According to him, the Polri will recruit two thousand people in April this year. The new recruits will be educated at the State Police School (SPN) in Java.

Prasetyo hoped that the regional police chiefs in Papua could be active in disseminating information for the new recruits.

He said that those who will be recruited are Indigenous Papuans and those who were born and raised in Papua.

They will be educated for five months in SPNs in Java, and after their education, they will be temporarily assigned to the regions for adjustment before being returned for duty in Papua.

Prasetyo said he is committed to accepting indigenous Papuans to minimize the transfer of Polri members from outside Papua to Papua.

He explained that the two thousand personnel will include 150 paramedics, especially doctors. The medical personnel recruitment will be carried out in collaboration with Cenderawasih University (Uncen).

Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Mathius Fakhiri, said that due to the expansive region, the number of local police stations is limited. Some areas even only have two stations, such as the Nduga Police and the Puncak Police.

"Hopefully, the increasing number of police members can expand services to the community," Fakhiri said.

The territory of the Papua Regional Police includes Papua, Highland Papua, Central Papua, and South Papua.

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Translator: Evarukdijati, Kenzu
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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