National police spokesman tells the public: Be fair to us, don’t damage our image
A national police spokesman has called on members of the public to be fair to the force.
Deputy spokesman Kritsana Patanajaroen said posters should check the veracity and date of video clips before putting them online.
Otherwise the image of the police could be damaged unnecessarily, he said.
His pronouncement came as figures showed that 196 police officers had been punished for misdemeanors committed this year alone.
Kritsana was commenting on two “recent” clips that he said were old cases already dealt with.
The first was of a Bang Na (eastern Bangkok) policeman asking for and taking a bribe. He said that the officer concerned had been dismissed from the force after the incident in 2013.
Referring to a second clip that was doing the rounds of social media this week – featuring a drunk man being threatened by a lynching mob after an accident outside Esplanade in Rachadaphisek, said that this happened at the start of the year.
The officer concerned in that clip had been praised for his actions in calming a volatile situation. He had won a police award for his fine performance and actions.
Kritsana asked for the public to be fair to the police and not harm the force’s image with irresponsible or old posts.
Sanook.com reported that a total of 196 officers had been disciplined nationwide in 2016 for breaking regulations.