POLRI and Reform in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia
Speaker: Jacqui Baker, LSE
Chair: Kirsten Schulze, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
POLRI, the National Indonesian police, have emerged in democratizing Indonesia as one of the big winners of regime change after having taken on the responsibility for national and everyday security from the military. To its credit, POLRI, supported by a host of international donors, have initiated significant reforms in a bid to professionalise the institution. What has been the impact of these reforms and why does the institution continue to lack public legitimacy? This meeting will examine the gap between policy reform and policing practice, and identify some areas left untouched by reform.