Anti-Graft Body’s Test Results
Recently, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) revealed that a staggering 86% of nearly 1,500 police stations across the nation failed to pass integrity and transparency tests. Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, NACC chairman, announced the annual integrity and transparency assessments (ITA) results for district offices and police stations alike.
Scoring Criteria in ITA
To pass the test, each agency must achieve at least an ITA score of 85, while a score of 95 or higher is deemed excellent. However, the average score for police stations raised concerns, indicating a need for improvement in this area.
Nationwide Assessment Overview
The ITA evaluation involved 111,305 police officers and 830,822 members of the general public, assessing Metropolitan Police Bureau operations and police stations across the country. For all 1,484 stations, the average ITA score was 67.43. Out of these, only 208 stations passed, while 1,276 failed.
Yan Nawa Police Station, affiliated with Metropolitan Police Division 6, scored the highest at 99.02 points. On the other hand, 24 stations received zero points, including Laem Ngop and Ao Cho in Tak province, Hin Lek Fai in Buri Ram, Mueang Chan and Tum in Si Sa Ket, and Napho station in Ubon Ratchathani.
District Offices Assessment in Bangkok
Alongside police stations, the NACC also evaluated district offices in Bangkok. In this assessment, 43,574 officials and 33,206 members of the public participated, resulting in an overall passing grade of 93.95. Only one district office failed the test.
The Phasicharoen office achieved the highest score of 99.09, while Phra Nakhon earned the lowest score at 84.28, slightly below the pass mark of 85.
District Offices Assessment in Provinces
In the provinces, 229,490 officials and 602,023 members of the general public participated in the surveys. District offices received an average passing score of 91.21. Eighty-six percent, or 755 district offices, received passing grades, while 14%, or 123, did not.
Umphang district in Tak scored the highest with 98.94 points, while Wiang Sa district in Surat Thani earned the lowest score of 53.98.
Identifying Areas for Improvement
These ITA results highlight the need for increased transparency and integrity in police stations. Policymakers and law enforcement agencies must take these findings into account and work together to improve the standards of police stations and district offices across the country.