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Police allegedly caught taking a bribe, officers told to “behave appropriately”

Caitlin Ashworth

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An officer was caught on camera allegedly taking a bribe at a checkpoint in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district. The clip shared on Facebook shows a driver of a 10-wheel truck handing 100 baht to a police officer.

Provincial police chief Chayut Marayat has ordered the Thanyaburi police chief to investigate and determine if the officer was bribed. If the cop did take a bribe, police will set up a disciplinary committee to determine the officer’s punishment. Chayut also held a video conference call with the station chiefs after the video was leaked and told them to make sure officers “behave appropriately.”

Coincidently, the viral video was posted the day the new Royal Thai Police chief, Suwat Chaengyodsuk, announced there will be new “transparent measures” at checkpoints that are set up to check for people driving under the influence of alcohol.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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11 Comments

11 Comments

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    Bob Welsh

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

    What about the open practice of charging for certificates of residency at immigration? I’ve complained to Phuket News about this many times to no avail.

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    John Smith

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    oops I didn’t get away this time. better luck next time they say.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    It’s no excuse, but until and unless the police are properly paid this will inevitably continue.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    The police are paid the average wage. I have looked it up.
    Using this low pay excuse, can all Thais on the average wage shoplift and be excused because they are not paid enough?
    Police captains are paid an average B124.000 a month, plus benefits, but they still take bribes.
    What’s their excuse?
    However you write it’s no excuse, yet you cite it AS a excuse.
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    And does the advice behave appropriately mean: Do not be caught?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      As usual, absolute nonsense with figures plucked out of thin air.

      Try looking it up with a search as simple as “police officer average salary in thailand 2020”, and you’ll find it’s well below the average for those with the qualifications required and they’re even required to buy their own sidearms.

      Actual salaries vary from 27,800 to 96,000 baht per month after training and probation, and until a few years ago (2015) the basic police salary was just under 15,000 baht per month; if a police captain was paid “an average of 124,000 baht a month”, they’d be on a par with the Prime Minister, whose official salary is a very well documented 125,590 baht per month, with all those above them obviously paid rather more.

      As I said, I thought quite clearly, it doesn’t excuse it but unless it changes then being realistic the corruption is unlikely to change, and given the number of police an increase of only 5,000 baht per month would cost Thailand 15 billion baht a year.

      Odd that, as usual, you haven’t compared it to police corruption in Cambodia where you’ve moved to.

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10:25 pm

        In Cambodia it is hard to find the figures.
        But just because Jim is corrupt it does not justify John being corrupt
        Where are your sources for pay for policemen in Thailand?
        You are cherry picking to prove you are right.
        Well let us examine the basics. No cop on any wage should take bribes.
        Having a small wage does not justify taking bribes.
        I rest my case.

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        Preesy Chepuce

        Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10:43 pm

        It doesn’t really matter how much you pay people if rules are selectively enforced.
        The idea is that patriotism and sense of duty drives people in all kind of uniforms to act for the benefit of the nation as a whole, but the reality is that in a brutal capitalist system, with no safety net, and weak institutions, networking and mateyness dominate pretty much everything, which is great if you have money and connections to buy into that system; and not so great if you don’t. I don’t judge, if I have the means I would enjoy corruption and exploitation, the way people in the west conceal their small p political behaviour digusts me to the extent of extreme cynicism. Things aren’t that different in the UK, they’re just hidden better, the ability to access the hidden network of power is harder.

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    Hasse

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I come to Thailand 1 or 2 time a year and every time i bribe the police because i don’t have a driving licence or use helmet. 15 year and nothing has changed

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      Khun plastic

      Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:07 am

      That’s an excellent deal,zero inflation!

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    Tony Grace

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    A police official that takes a bribe is a danger to all society. He has shown that he can’t be trusted to carry out his responsibility to uphold the law but turn a blind eye to those who are in a position to pay for what they so desire to suit there means.By doing so one bad police official will taint the good officers as been bad.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I totally agree Mister Grace, but Isaan John believes that because the poor dears are not paid enough they are entitled to take bribes!
    I suppose his only excuse is that he has been living in the Far East so long, he has been corrupted himself by the low standards of life, which are normal of certain heathens.
    Alas, he is too far gone to change now . . .

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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