Ni Komang Erviani , Contributor , The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Thu, 10/16/2008 10:47 AM | Bali
The Bali provincial administration, in cooperation with several other institutions, will implement an international-standard security system in a bid to reassure visitors of their safety on the island.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said after a coordination meeting in Denpasar on Wednesday that the development of an international-standard security system was urgently needed as Bali is one of the world’s major tourist destinations.
“Existing security measures in Bali are already well managed, but we need to continue improving,” Pastika said.
The governor said he hoped the international-standard security system would encourage foreign tourists to visit Bali. He also urged those in charge of promoting Bali to emphasize the improved security system in their marketing campaigns.
Made Denayasa, head of the Agency for United Political Nation and Community Protection, said the groundwork for the new security system would be the creation of a regional regulation on the management of necessary measures.
The regional regulation will be based on information from the Center for the Police Science Assessment at the University of Indonesia, Denayasa said, adding that the center would be in charge of compiling an academic document as a directive for formulating the regional regulation.
“The center’s representatives will do research linked to the Balinese character and other things needed for the preparations for the security system in Bali,” he said.
The draft security system bill is expected to be completed by the end of this year, Denayasa said, to be ready for discussion early in January next year.
Denayasa further said that in conjunction with the preparations for the improved security system, the administration plans to build the Bali Crisis Center next month.
The function of the center, he said, would be to coordinate responses to crises, whether natural or manmade disasters, including acts of terrorism.
The crisis center will be developed using a grant from the German Red Cross.
“With the Bali Crisis Center, we will be able to coordinate all related parties as quickly as possible so that we can give a swift response whenever there is any security disturbance or natural disaster,” Denayasa said.
The provincial administration will also build emergency service units at 33 points throughout Bali. The units will be at various busy locations, including markets, tourist attractions and police stations.
Each emergency service unit will be equipped with a patrol car, an ambulance and a fire engine as well as 16 personnel to be on guard for 24 hours per day.
“In the initial stage we will build 23 emergency service units, and will add the other 10 units in later stages as required,” Denayasa added.