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A lesson in police reform from the UK

Corrupt police officers in the UK will face up to 14 years' imprisonment under the terms of proposed new legislation. Damian Green, the policing minister said: "Where police officers fall short of the high standards we expect of them, it is right that the full force of the criminal law is available to punish and deter acts of corruption by police officers.

Corrupt behaviour in the police should be deterred and punished so we can maintain their standing in the eyes of the public."

With police reform very much on the agenda in Thailand, perhaps Mr Green should be invited to work in an advisory capacity with the new acting commissioner of the Royal Thai Police.

John Shepherd

Bangkok


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