The main duty and responsibility of the police is to enforce the law to ensure public peace and order. Hence, they were once called "phu pitak santiras" which literally means the protector of public peace. Somehow, this calling has faded from the memory of most of us and they are simply called "tamruat" in Thai these days, probably because most no longer hold to the belief they are peace officers.
The photo of Thaksin pinning a star on Pol Lt-Gen Kamronwit's shoulder is hung on the wall at his office.
Clearly, Pol Lt-Gen Kamronwit Toopkrachang, the recently appointed commissioner of metropolitan police, believes that police should also occasionally flex their muscle and give their superior moral support if and whenever he or she wants it.
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