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Dark side of the force

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Political interference in police reshuffles, particularly regarding important positions, has been the norm practised by every ruling political party for decades. In other words, police have always been a political tool of the government. 

The most controversial political meddling in police promotions was exemplified in the case of Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, the former metropolitan police commissioner, who proudly hung a photo on the wall of his office which showed fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra pinning a police insignia on his shirt together with his famous quote which reads: “[I] have what I have today because brother [Thaksin] gave it to me!”

Political interference in police appointments during the Pheu Thai-led government was so widespread that one red shirt in Udon Thani was touted as being more influential than even the provincial governor because of his direct access to the "boss". Many police officers who wanted to be promoted would march to see him to get his blessings.

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