UPDATE: The Bangkok Post has just reported that, Police have backed down on their campaign to give 10,000-baht rewards to officers who have caught people trying to bribe them.
The letter said the campaign had created divisions and suspicion between police and the people, thereby violating one of their rules.
The letter also urged officers to be cautious about being photographed and recorded and to refrain from luring people to offer bribes.
Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, a deputy Bangkok police chief in charge of traffic, had initiated the project in a bid to reduce bribery.
But the campaign backfired and was slammed as targeting bribe givers rather than takers. Read More….
BANGKOK – Pol.Maj.Gen. Adul Narongsak, said today that rewarding officers with 10,000 baht is a “morale-boosting” instrument that encourages police officers to perform their duties honestly. The reward is a part of the anti-bribery campaign launched by Bangkok police on 4 October reported by the Khaosod News.
He went on to dismiss accusations from the public that the 10,000 cash reward could be construed as the Police Department having to bribe the Police when police officers are already required by law to turn down bribes.
Police commanders have to respond appropriately to the success or failure of their agencies,” said Pol.Maj.Gen. Adul. “In the past, we have also handed out rewards to police officers as a morale-boosting method, such as the Traffic Police Gentleman Award, certificates, and trips to study police operations in foreign countries.”
The officer also hopes that the cash payment will help reduce the widespread problem of police officers extorting bribes from motorists, and added that the public can assist the police force by snapping photos or filming police officers who take bribes.
“It’s a way to help improve our society. I admit that police commanders cannot monitor the behavior of their subordinates adequately, so if there’s any photo or video of such actions, we will harshly punish the officers,” said Pol.Maj.Gen. Adul.
Under Thai law, those found guilty of bribing state officials can face up to five years in prison, while accepting bribes from the public can land state officials in jail for life.
However, in reality bribery is extremely common among the Thai police force, and traffic laws are often poorly enforced.