No one wants to be a Thai police officer so the cabinet considers enforcing police conscription again

Thailand considers enforcing police conscription again – AFP, November 3, 2014
…The police are unpopular with Thais who bemoan routine bribe-taking, while the recent murder of two British backpackers on a holiday island has opened the force to criticism that it is poorly trained in investigating crime.
The cabinet has already agreed “in principle” to conscript 5,000 to 10,000 men — aged 21 — annually across the country, a National Police spokesman said.
“Currently we are lacking police officers. (If approved) Police conscripts will work in areas across the country where there are high crime rates,” said Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri, adding the order still needs full cabinet approval.
If rubber-stamped by cabinet, the military will oversee the police draft, he said, adding recruits were likely to be paid $245-275 a month, slightly higher than the minimum wage of around $220…

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