Tackling organized crime in Southeast Asia
With 80,000 km of coastline - the second longest in the world – Indonesia is an archipelago geography of more than 17,500 islands spread across three time zones.
Sitting on maritime and air crossroads between Asia and the South Pacific, Indonesia’s geographic makes it attractive to local, regional and global organized crime groups wishing to transport illegal merchandise between those regions and beyond.
Indonesia is a major fish-producing country. Illegal fishing and associated crimes, including human trafficking, fraudulent identity documents and money laundering, are amongst Indonesia’s top contemporary law enforcement challenges.
The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with organized crime groups around the world make the role of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Jakarta fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.
INTERPOL in Indonesia
The Indonesian NCB is part of the Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia, which is the Indonesian national police force. It sits in the Division of International Relations with a staff of more than 120 police officers.
The NCB plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving international organized crime. By providing globally-sourced intelligence about crime trends, the NCB shares information on emerging crime threats affecting the region and ways to tackle them.
In particular, the NCB helps police officers across Indonesia detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along land and maritime trafficking routes in and around its national territory and waters. The NCB takes part regularly in global INTERPOL-led regional police operations.
National law enforcement
The Indonesian National Police ranks as a Ministry in itself, answering directly to the President of the Republic of Indonesia.