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Gen Boonsrang vows to get rid of trading in police positions

The head of police reform panel has vowed to get rid of the age-old malpractice of trading in police positions, but he is undecided yet whether inquiry work should be separated from the police force or whether the police force should be decentralized.

Former supreme commander Gen Boonsrang Niampradit who was handpicked by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to work on police reform met with the prime minister on Friday (July 7) to exchange views on the police reform subject. He said the meeting was a good sign showing the common intention to get the job done.

The first meeting of the police reform panel is scheduled on July 12 during which several sub-committees are expected to be formed to study various aspects of reform, said Gen Boonsrang, adding that previous findings on the issue would be taken into consideration as well.

The venues of the meetings will shift from place to place such as the Government House, the Supreme Command headquarters, the Royal Thai Police Office and the National Defence College.

He said the meeting with the prime minister on Friday concurred that issue regarding police personnel management must be completed this year so that the problem of trading in key police positions would be resolved for good.

The ex-supreme commander stressed that his panel would attach importance to input from the public and would allow the people's sector to share their views on police reform.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that police reform would focus on three areas: personnel management which includes police reshuffle; inquiry work and police decentralization.

He added that the prime minister had set the timeframes for the police reform panel : the first two months to focus on studies on the subject; the next three months to focus on crafting bills related to reform and the final four months on public forums to hear opinions from stake holders and make amendments to bills.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)