Deal struck to cut police graft

Deal struck to cut police graft

National chief, NACC target 88 city stations

The head of the national police force and National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday agreed to join hands in an effort to suppress corruption at the 88 Metropolitan Police stations across the capital.

Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, president of the NACC, signed an agreement with national police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk yesterday to undertake an Integrity and Transparency Assessment at each of the stations.

Pol Gen Watcharapol said his team has already assessed the transparency of 8,300 state agencies and will expand its scope to include Bangkok Metropolitan Administration district offices as well as Metropolitan Police stations as they have a particularly strong obligation to act in the best interests of the citizens they are supposed to serve in their jurisdictions.

The corruption assessment among the city's constabulary will begin next year and aim to elevate operational quality, as well as encourage better budget allocation in terms of hiring and human resource management.

"We hope that the cooperation of station commanders will drive superintendents of police stations to be more transparent in order to build trust among the public in government agencies," he said.

Pol Gen Suwat said the police were willing to cooperate with the NACC to suppress corruption and it will assign investigators, according to their duties and responsibilities, and maintain their efficiency.

In the future, the police will share information in corruption cases with the NACC and the national police chief agreeing that an inspector will also be assigned to act as a go-between especially when it comes to investigations into the activities of some of the more senior officers in the force.

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