Poll shows people expect police reform will put an end to kickback practice

The majority of the people wanted to see police reform achieved and justice be ensured and no kickbacks will re-emerge, according to Bangkok Poll.

Bangkok Poll, the research centre of Bangkok University, conducted survey of police reform from a total of 1,084 people across the country.

The survey, which was released today (July 15), focused on three topics which are core missions of the 36-member police reform committee chaired by Gen Boonsrang Niampradit. They are organisational structure; inquiry work; and personnel management.

On organisational structure, most respondents, 26.5% wanted to see the Royal Thai Police reports directly to prime minister as what it is currently, while 24.4% wanted it to come under the Interior Ministry and 22.6% wanted the Royal Thai Police to go under the supervision of the Justice Ministry.

On inquiry work, 59.0% said investigation power of the police should be transferred to other government agencies same as other countries. But 28.3% disagreed, saying the investigation power should be tested with the police, while 12.7% voiced uncertainty.

On personnel management issue, 59.1% said seniority and work should be criterion for promotion, but 39.0% said only work performance be the only criteria. Only ,1.9% favoured only seniority be the promotion criteria.

Regarding overall expectations of the people toward the current police reform, most respondents, or 87.5% of them, holding high hopes that the reform would bring justices to the people in ridding all kinds of kickbacks, money extortions, and dereliction of duty.

At the same time 41.8% have high hopes that the reform would ensure transparent police recruitment, while 35.8% hope to see fairer police reshuffle.

Asked whether they saw it possible to see police reform achieved in nine months under the Formula 2-3-4 laid down in the guidance framework of the prime minister, 42.3% voiced confidence it would be achieved, while 37.7% said it was not possible, and 20% were uncertain.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)