Cops to get mental health screenings

Police officers nationwide will undergo psychological assessments after a 27-hour siege in Bangkok this week involving a disturbed cop.

Pol Lt Gen Waratchai Srirattanawut, head of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), has assigned medical teams to conduct random health checks on officers of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and provincial police stations to ensure public safety and increase their working efficiency, Pol Maj Gen Sanatee Prayoonrat, OIG spokesman, said yesterday.

People can lodge a complaint with the Jaray Complaint Management System (JCoMs) if they come across officers who appear to be mentally disturbed, added the spokesman.

The screening order followed an incident in Sai Mai district where a 51-year-old police inspector, Pol Lt Col Kittikarn Saengbun, had been firing shots into the air and inside his house since Tuesday morning before the 27-hour siege ended on Wednesday. The officer succumbed to his injuries the same night.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said yesterday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed regret over the death of the police inspector as he did not want to see any loss of life.

Gen Prayut ordered the national police chief, Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, instructed all police units to monitor the conduct of their officers to prevent a repeat, said Mr Anucha.

More than 20 families were affected by the officer's gun firing, which prompted the deployment of police commandos and task force officers to the scene, said the spokesman.

But National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak insisted his police carried out the operation strategically. Psychiatrists were also called in.

Pol Gen Torsak Sukwimol, deputy national police chief, said an initial autopsy found traces of narcotics in the policeman's body.


  • assessment: the process of making a judgment or forming an opinion, after considering something or someone carefully - การประเมิณสถานการณ์
  • autopsy: a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died - การชันสูตรศพ
  • commando: a soldier trained to attack in areas controlled by an enemy - สมาชิกของหน่วยจู่โจม
  • deployment: the movement of soldiers or equipment to a place where they can be used when they are needed - การเคลื่อนกำลังพลพร้อมอาวุธไปอยู่ในตำแหน่งที่พร้อมจะต่อสู้ (ทางทหาร)
  • disturbed: (adj) mentally ill, especially because of very unhappy or shocking experiences -
  • lodge a complaint: to make a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง
  • mental health: the state of health of the mind - สุขภาพจิต
  • psychiatrist: a doctor who treats people with mental illnesses - จิตแพทย์
  • psychological: connected with a person's mind and the way in which it works - ทางด้านจิตใจ, ทางจิตวิทยา
  • screening: the testing or examining of a large number of people or things for disease, faults, illegal objects, etc - การตรวจ
  • siege: the act of going into a place and taking control away from the people or government there, especially in an operation that lasts for some time - การเข้ายึดครอง
  • succumbed: died -
  • undergo (verb): to go through a procedure, such as a test, a training programme, a medical operation, etc. - ได้รับ, ประสบ, ผ่าน
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