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)

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