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American Man Has Been Detained In Bali For Wearing Police Uniform For Halloween

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An American national with initials RLB has been detained for wearing a police uniform while singing at a cafe in Sanur, Denpasar.

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The Head of Denpasar Profession and Internal Security Division, Iptu Harun Budiyanto confirmed that officers detained RLB and demanded an explanation regarding his act during a Halloween celebration on October 31st.

“The suspect admitted he wore the uniform and we believe this is an act of harassment to the police institution.” Iptu Harun said on Friday (19/11).


Prior to being detained, a video of RLB went viral as he performed as a singer during a Halloween celebration at a cafe, wearing an official police uniform. During the interrogation, the suspect admitted that he decided to buy the uniform from a market and the he had planned to wear it for the Halloween celebration.

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While entertaining guests on Halloween, one of the audience members recorded his performance and posted the video to social media which quickly went viral.

After the incident, police officers met with several local vendors that sell the official police uniforms to the police stations and instructed them to be more selective when selling the uniforms in the market.

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“We have instructed the vendors to be more careful when selling these uniforms in the market by asking their customers to show a police identification card in order to prevent irresponsible people that will potentially misuse it and deeply affect our institution.” Iptu Harun concluded.

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Saturday 20th of November 2021

It may be alright to do this in the US, but this isn't the US. Respect the culture and understand what's permissible in a foreign land.


Saturday 27th of November 2021

@Kolohe, spot on.


Saturday 20th of November 2021

How is that happening someone selling uniform at market is that respect 0 to police must be special shop for that where ordinary people can’t woke in ? Think about it and sentence man who sell it and take away his licence to hold shop Uniforms must be controlled and selling by government not by villagers!!


Sunday 21st of November 2021

@Osmo, i find this very strange as well - are police supposed to buy they uniform from some shop? I'd assume the official uniform would be distributed by the police force itself.

I can't really fault the guy wearing it: Those things are commonly sold to dress up for halloween all over the world, but not the official uniform. Also, afaik, he never pretended to be real police like giving out fake fines or stuff like that.


Saturday 20th of November 2021


Wayan Bo

Saturday 20th of November 2021

Should immediately contact Sting.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 20th of November 2021

“The Police” is very popular international music band.


Saturday 20th of November 2021

Bali has lost it’s Happiness Now if you are lucky to be there The police wil be watching you I’am surprised that they did not ask for money for drinks

Wayan Parapan

Sunday 21st of November 2021

@Steve Bowen,


Sunday 21st of November 2021

@Steve Bowen, I think I’am just a bit upset because I cannot see are very good friends and we miss hanging around in Jimbaran with them


Sunday 21st of November 2021

@Steve Bowen, your right I have seen lots of tourist who think Bali is one big playground for them and disrespect the people and religious sites but Balinese people are very playful happy and genuine people

Steve Bowen

Saturday 20th of November 2021

@Kyle, the major loss of "it's Happiness [sic^2]" has resulted from the ill-mannered and disrespectful tourists who have taken advantage of pleasant and accommodating culture of Bali and its people. The pandemic has only highlighted the self-absorbed and boorish manner of too many visitors. Take a walk down the streets of Canggu to immediately see the cause and effect.