There are many reasons why we aspire to become what we are today. For Prof. Dr. Farouk Muhammad, Inspector General of Police (Ret.), the reason that he wants to become a police is, ironic enough, because he was once beaten up by the police. At that time, he was still active taking part in demonstrations as chairman of the Indonesian Students Association (PPI) in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara. Young Farouk was determined to improve the national police by being a part of it and thus entered the Police Academy in 1969.
In the last twenty years, especially since becoming the lecturer at the Police Studies Institute (PTIK) in 1990, the author of Towards Police Reforms (2000) has been arguably in the vanguard of efforts to improve and reform the national police. The spirit of reform is reflected when he made self-criticism against the institution when leading PTIK as its governor. The former Police Chief of NTB and Maluku ordered his students to investigate corruption in police recruitment system in order to providing better ways to improve it.
"The National Police belongs to the community, so if there are bad things within the institution, I don’t think we need to cover them up," he said. Dedication to building professional police institutional makes the holder of a doctorate degree in criminology from Oklahoma City University, the U.S. was appointed as a professor of PTIK in 2004. He is the first active police officer who earned the title.
Today at 61, besides being a member of the Partners of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, this father of three is also a senator - member of the DPD-RI from NTB, as well as the chairman of its Public Accountability Committee.