Former counter-terrorism commander Tito Karnavian becomes Indonesia's police chief

Jakarta Police chief Tito Karnavian (centre) talks to journalists at the Presidential Office.
Jakarta Police chief Tito Karnavian (centre) talks to journalists at the Presidential Office. PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is due to inaugurate former counterterrorism commander, General Tito Karnavian, as the National Police chief at the State Palace on Wednesday (July 13).

Tito replaces General Badrodin Haiti, who is retiring in August, according to a press release issued by the president's office.

Tito has been leading the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and was previously the head of the Jakarta Police.

Before that he led the police's elite counterterrorism unit, Densus 88.

President Jokowi said earlier that his decision to choose Tito was aimed at increasing the police force's professionalism in safeguarding the public, improving law enforcement - especially regarding extraordinary crimes such as terrorism, drugs and corruption - as well as increasing synergy with other law enforcement agencies.