JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) plans to change the color of the uniform of the security unit (security guard).
Later, only the uniform of the security guard will be changed from light brown to beige. Meanwhile, the color of the security guard’s subordinates or pants did not change.
This uniform color change will be introduced on January 31, 2022, to coincide with the 41st birthday (HUT) of the Security Guard.
“Still in the process of reviewing the color of the light brown shirt, it will change to a cream color,” said Karo Penmas, Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General Pol Ahmad Ramadhan, at the National Police Headquarters, Jakarta, Thursday (13/1/2022).
According to him, the official provisions regarding changes to security guard uniforms will be regulated through a Police Regulation (Perpol).
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However, the new uniforms will be effective one year after the issuance of the latest perpol.
However, he is still unable to confirm when the new Perpol regarding changing the color of the security guard uniform will be issued.
“And it will be effective a year after the perpol is formed,” said Ramadhan.
It is known that the light brown security guard uniform was only used last year.
This uniform replaces the previous uniform which was white for the top and dark blue for the subordinates.
The changes are contained in the Regulation of the Head of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia Number 4 of 2020 concerning Self-Reliance Security which was signed by the previous Chief of Police, General Idham Azis, on August 5, 2020.
The Head of the Public Information Bureau (Karo Penmas) of the National Police Public Relations Division at the time, Brigadier General Pol Awi Setiyono, revealed that the uniform color change was carried out in order to create an emotional closeness between the security guard and the Police.
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In addition, the National Police hopes that the uniform change can foster a sense of pride in security guards for their profession.
“There is an emotional closeness between the Police and the security guard, growing security guard pride as a developer of limited police functions. Honoring the security guard profession, and increasing the performance of police functions in the midst of society,” said Awi at the National Police Criminal Investigation Unit Building, Jakarta, September 14, 2020.
Awi also explained that the philosophy of choosing brown is because it is a neutral color that is identical to the colors of the earth elements, such as earth, wood, and stone.
According to Awi, the brown color symbolizes modesty, warmth, honesty, and elegance.
Based on Perkap 4/2020, the types of security guard uniforms have also increased to five types from previously only four types.
The five consist of, PDH, Special Field Service Clothing (PDL Sus), One Field Service Clothing (PDL Satu), Daily Civil Clothing (PSH), and Complete Civil Clothing (PSL).
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However, not even Perkap 4/2020 is two years old, the Police are again discussing changing the color of the security guard uniform.
Ramadhan explained that the color change was carried out as a follow-up to the wishes of the people who were confused about the color of the uniform of the security guard and the police.
This is because the color of the security guard’s uniform, which is now light brown, is judged to be too similar to the color of the police uniform.
“The current uniform is too similar to the police uniform, causing confusion and difficulty for the community to distinguish between police and security guards,” Ramadhan told reporters, Wednesday (12/1/2022).
In addition, Ramadhan said, security guard is a profession that carries out police functions with limited personnel.
He assessed that security guards also need to have their own identity that is different from the Police as the supervisor.
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Furthermore, according to him, the National Police is open to public input regarding the change in the security guard uniform.
Ramadhan also ensures that this change is not related to the deviant behavior of security guards in the field.
“(Changes) are not related to the behavior of security guards,” he said.
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