Thailand’s Top Cop Defends Paying Reward Money to Police Officers
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Police commissioner yesterday voiced opposition to an attempt to terminate the practice of paying of reward money to investigators involved in narcotics cases saying that they were an important motivation for police officers for their efforts.
He questioned if not to be used as reward what other use should the money be put to.
Opposition from Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda came as Justice Minuster Gen Phaiboon Khumchaya said he would like that money reward for the seizure of Methamphetamines or â€œYaa Baaâ€ be terminated after he has proposed to remove Yaa Baa from Category 1 drug to Category 2.
Pol Gen Chakthip admitted that personally he was against the Ministry of Justiceâ€™s proposal to stop giving reward money to police officers involved in drug busts.
He stated that these reward money was in fact an important motivating factor for officers who are involved in a very difficult task Thai PBS reported.
Gen Chakthip went on asking what better use for the money than to reward officers for their sacrifices and that so far the matter was only a proposal and many discussions would have to be made before anything conclusive is decided upon.
â€œIn my opinion rewards helps to motivate officers and serves as an effective morale booster for officers involved in extremely difficult tasks,â€ he said.
But he admitted that â€œit is true that without it, it is still the job of every police officer to arrest bad people. But having this small motivation greatly helpsâ€
Pol Gen Chakthip said there are many different viewpoints on the matter.
â€œWhat I want to know is if not given to the officers where would the money go to? This has been normal practice for a long time and I donâ€™t see any reason for changing it.
Why is it acceptable before and not acceptable now? Everyone should consider the feelings of the officers who have to carry out difficult and often dangerous jobs on behalf of the public,â€ he said.