Priorities for the police chief

Priorities for the police chief – Bangkok Post, September 3, 2011
…Nightspots will suddenly close on time, illegally parked vehicles will be wheel-clamped and there will be new crime control checkpoints that do not scatter at the first sign of rain. Wanted criminals will be rounded up and traffic flows improved. This is easy to predict because it has happened every single time a new police chief has been appointed, regardless of his name or political connections.
The downside to this ritual is that it rarely lasts. If normal practice is followed, everything will gradually drift back to the way it was before the reshuffle, with self-interest replacing effectiveness. This is supremely frustrating because Thai citizens get a glimpse of just how good their police could be, given the proper motivation, direction and discipline…

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