Traffic Police Officers Detained for Demanding ´Peace Money´

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 , 11:00:00 WIB -

Traffic police officers are seen inspecting documents at Depok Terminal, Jawa Barat, Monday (Nov.6). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Three traffic police officers in Jakarta have been detained for abuse of authority as they extorted drivers in a motor vehicle inspection.

Jakarta Police Public Relations Chief, Arro Yuwono, said the indiscipline officers are currently being investigated by the Police’s Profession and Security (Propam) Department.

"Their detainment is in accordance with the Police Chief’s commitment to punish indiscipline police officers while rewarding high-achieving officers," Argo said, Wednesday (Nov.8).

The police officers in question are initialed AM, ES and ADP, while one office, AMS, succesfully ran awa and is now in hiding. They were apprehended at the flyover at Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, Tuesday (7/11).

"They stopped drivers asked for their documents and extorted those who did not bring complete documents," Argo said.

The police officers asked for what in Indonesia is commonly dubbed as uang damai or peace money, for instance, each truck driver who did not bring complete documents or violated traffic rules was charged Rp50,000 (US$3.689). (dtc/mfb)