Airlangga Forum Podcast: Police Profesionalism in Freedom of Opinion

Police is an institution which has duty and front responsibility to protect society by implementing its functions and roles that have been appointed. The work that police has to carry out should be based on the guidelines, knowledge, expertise, and also should be done with responsibility and professional. In doing their responsibility, most of the time the profession of police has to face various people characters, especially in this sophisticated technology era which often found some misinformation that can lead to a misleading and make a fuss to public. Therefore, to know more about professionalism in police in this freedom of opinion era, on Friday (11/12), Postgraduate School Universitas Airlangga held its 5th edition of Airlangga Forum entitled “Police Professionalism in Law Protection & Enforcement” hosted by Assoc. Prof. Suparto Wijoyo and invited some speakers such as Police General Inspector Nico Afinta, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, SE., MBA., Ph.D., Police Brigade General Dr. Dra. Juansih, SH., M.Hum, Poengki Indarti, SH., LLM., and Dr. Radian Salman.

Police General Inspector Nico Afinta could not attend the Airlangga Forum, but through his representative, he stated that the freedom of opinion has its own place in democracy and reformation that is now going on. The police department, East Java Police Department especially, also stated that there is no freedom restraint for human rights.

National Police Commissioner of the Republic of Indonesia, Poengki Indarti, SH., LLM., shared her experiences while big demonstrations which was done by citizens to refuse the Omnibus Law. Not only adult, but there are also children under age who also decided to join the mass. During that time, there was false manipulative information spread to the citizens stated that the police arrested the protesters without giving them any food. However, after directly confirming the information, it was only a false information. Although the police have done the inspection and asked for more evidences from the parties involved, the protesters were not being abandoned. By this accident, it shows how the police department stay professional and respect the citizens to express their opinions.

Responding the discussion, Dr. Radian Salman also stated that the era is developing with the sophisticated technology which make things easier for people to see live events and the appearance of public perceptions also make society becomes citizen journalists. This absolutely becomes a challenge for the police department or any other sector of protection field to formulate the adaptive rules with the era as the economic activity is also facilitated by the proper rules, then the democracy in expressing opinions can also be well-preserved with the current rules. The Director of Postgraduate School Universitas Airlangga, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, SE., MBA., Ph.D, in this edition of Airlangga Forum mentioned that the protection and enforcement become the important base of life and economy. To achieve the nation prosperity, it is needed a security guarantee first.

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