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Law reform panel hints at complete overhaul of police bill

The law reform committee may not just amend the National Police Bill as propose by the police reform panel but may rewrite the whole bill and amended the other related laws, said Kamnoon Sidhisamarn a member of the law reform committee on Saturday (April 21).

He maintained that the overhaul of the National Police Bill which may amount to reworking the entire bill must be able to address two fundamental issues:  firstly, to address the plight of the people from abuses by the police and their expectations from the police and, secondly, to address the plight of the police themselves regarding unfair promotions and transfers and various shortages in the police force.

Mr Kamnoon said that the two fundamental issues must be addressed within the six frameworks initiated by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The frameworks include as follows:

  • Whether any responsibilities which are not directly related to the police job should be transferred to the other governmental agencies;
  • Whether the police inquiry power to interrogate suspects should be retained with the police or should be separated to other or a new agency;
  • Clear guidelines on police promotions of police officers from the top down to the bottom, especially the criterion on seniority;
  • The readiness of police in their performance of duty which must take into the account the problems of budgetary and equipment adequacy;
  • Whether forensic work should come under the jurisdiction of the police or should it be an independent entity with public justice being the key issue for consideration;
  • Welfare and complaint systems within the police force.

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