The new Chief of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Kabareskrim POLRI) Arief Sulistyanto was sworn in a few days ago. Arief’s appointment is clearly a part of further consolidation of power of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the Police Chief General Tito Karnavian. Arief is a police general with and interesting track record. Given that the Kabareskrim is one of the three most powerful positions in POLRI, it’s important that we begin to chronicle Arief’s journey.

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