Are Thai Police Really Corrupt?
You've heard the story of a corrupt police officer in Thailand, taking money for traffic violations other monies from restaurants hotels and pretty much wherever they can get it. But have you actually witnessed any of this?
In every country there is always an ellement of corruption even in western countries. And in a third world country you'd expect there to be more but is it really as rife as everyone says it is.
I know many police in Thailand and I would have to say that the vast majority of Police in Thailand are upstanding members of the force and society, they don't wake up to go to work just so they can scam people out of money they generally want to help sort out problems, may not be the way we do it but they still get the job done.
Little do people know that Thai police are actually paid more than regular thai workers, this can help with corruption a lot, Thai police have to pay for their own guns, motorbikes, gas, even bullets and uniforms, there is little that they don't have to pay for which might be why they get paid more than the regular person. It's very dangerous work too.
I'd like to say that 99% of the Thai police force are respectable and do try their best to fight crime and others, think about what they get paid before you judge them also.