Royal Gazette announces revision of Police Code of Ethics following Joe Ferrari case

The Royal Thai Government Gazette published a new announcement Thursday, addressing the revision of the Police Code of Ethics into seven new rules that will come into effect immediately. 

Signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha as the chairman of the Royal Thai Police Commissioner and citing the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, the announcement emphasized how the state is to establish a common ethical standard over government officials and agencies within the country. 

Police officials must also work under these ethical standards with seven clear rules, and shall in no way seek unlawful benefits in the coure of their duty.

  1. All officials must adhere to the main institutions of the country, namely nation, religion, the monarchy, and constitutional democracy with the King as the Head of State. Police officials must perform their duty for their state with an expression of national pride, while above all maintaining the interests of the overall Kingdom and respecting all religions followed by citizens. 
  2. Honesty and integrity: all officials must perform their duty as according to the law with clear transparency and never seek personal benefits. All officials must hold, above all, the responsibility and accountability to investigate, admit wrongdoings, and be conscientious, while holding the people, human dignity, the environment, and nation at the heart of their duty. 
  3. The courage to make the right decisions and stand up for righteousness: the courage for officials to stand up and speak out for what is right and wrong, without personal prejudice or personal benefits in mind. To refuse to partake in activities related to personal or private gains and to not associate themselves with or support those who commit wrongdoings, especially those in position of authority. To never abuse the trust of the Thai citizens, and to always be impartial as agents of the Thai judicial process.
  4. To always prioritize the needs of the public over their own: to have the public’s interest at heart, with the willingness to unite and sacrifice for the greater good of the country.
  5. To strive for the success, efficiency, and quality of their work and duty: to efficiently perform their duty with efficiency and righteousness, while always keeping in mind the safety and security of the people in the country. To uphold international ethical standards while always striving for self-improvement and professional development. To believe in the process of working as a unit, as a team, in full service for the people of the country. To reveal information that is transparent and necessary for the progress and justice within the Kingdom.
  6. To perform their duty honorably and without prejudice: to always uphold equality above all else while performing their duties, and to never use their personal prejudice or biases to side with any particular group or person, whether it is by their background, race, religion, gender, personal beliefs, age, education, or political preferences. To always respect the dignity, right, and differences of each individual, and to always stay neutral in politics.
  7. To always remain an example of a good public servant: to maintain and perform their duty as an ideal image of a government official serving as a peacekeeper and gaining trust from their people. To always treat people with politeness, humility, and respect, to never abuse and exercise their power senselessly for personal gains and benefits. To lead a simple life, while adopting the principles under the Sufficiency Economy philosophy as written by His Royal Highness, and to apply the religious doctrines accordingly in order to behave as good citizens who respect the law and discipline of the country.

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