Police Wages Should Be Raised If Bribery And Corruption Are To Be Erased

Police wages need to rise.

As the Police Reform Committee prepares to propose raising the salary of lower ranking officers the Thai media has published details of what a cop actually earns.

Proposals are being mulled to set lower limits at 15,000 baht a month to 33,000 a month.

At the lower lever this would represent a big increase. At present a first year recruit from the police training academy can expect to earn as little as 6,970 baht. This can rise to 29,690 for the rank of police sergeant major.

By the time of the third year a constable could earn about 10,000 baht while a senior sergeant major would be on 38,000 baht.

A major could expect to net 38,000, a police lieutenant colonel 54,000, a police colonel 58,000 and a special police colonel 69,000. These are the top rates.

Sanook said that the range of salaries meant a daily rate of just 162 baht for the lowest paid up to 2,301 baht for the most.

As an example the Pattaya station chief enjoys the rank of Police Colonel.

The salaries of the more senior members of the police – the generals – were not mentioned.

The NCOs (non commissioned officers) have the rank of senior sergeant major down to constable.

The officers are those ranked from sub-lieutenant up to police general.

A major could expect to net 38,000, a police lieutenant colonel 54,000, a police colonel 58,000 and a special police colonel 69,000. These are the top rates.

The NCOs (non commissioned officers) have the rank of senior sergeant major down to constable.

The officers are those ranked from sub-lieutenant up to police general.

The number of men and women in the police force is thought to number around a quarter of a million with around 17% of the civil service in the police. The police force is often called the fourth armed force in Thailand.

Wikipedia says that a 5,000 baht increase in salaries would be “politically untenable.”

Sanook has said that legal add-ons make most police salaries worth about 25-46,000 baht a month.

It’s time these figures were clarified so we know EXACTLY what lower-ranked police officers earn. If the first figures are correct, then it is patently obvious a young police officer would not be able to support a home and family,which is totally unacceptable. It is a difficult and dangerous job at times.

However, if these “addons” exist then they must be clarified. If the police are not paid a decent living wage, then it is perfectly understandable that they “supplement” their incomes.

(Source:-Sanook)

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