Mahfud: Police Firearms are not To Give People Pain


JAKARTA — Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs as well as Chairman of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) Mahfud MD reminded the police to be careful when using firearms (senpi). He stated that the use of guns was allowed if there was a threat.

Mahfud asked the police to consider carefully when using a gun. He did not want the authorities to use guns carelessly. “Police weapons are not meant to inflict pain on the community or even those suspected of committing crimes, but to protect the public and the police themselves when there is a threat that threatens life or physicality,” Mahfud said at a conference held by Komnas HAM virtually on Monday. Thursday (10/2/2022).

Mahfud advised the police not to use guns as a form of intimidation to the public. “When taking security measures or law enforcement actions, if they feel threatened, they will only be used (senpi). This person is dangerous to the community, he carries a sharp weapon, he is angry, he is not allowed to use the police weapon,” said Mahfud.

Mahfud urged the police to take measured action in cracking down on violations of the law. He gave an example that criminals can be accosted by the police, without being shot. “Under normal circumstances, it’s okay to just squeeze a little bit if it’s okay to carry it, but don’t use weapons if only people are fighting without endangering the lives of the police and the community,” said Mahfud. Furthermore, Mahfud conveyed that detention could be carried out as a last resort if the suspect had the potential to escape, reduce crime or eliminate evidence. He also mentioned that with a certain minimum or maximum criminal threat, police officers are prohibited from torture of detainees or of people suspected of being involved in crimes.