Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol is expected to become the new national police chief, replacing Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas. According to a police source, Torsak’s name is among a list of reshuffled officers awaiting vetting and endorsement by the Police Commission. The commission, chaired by caretaker Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha, is scheduled to meet on Friday.
As the formation of a new government coalition continues, the appointment of a new national police chief is set to be finalized by the end of the month. Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha is expected to oversee the appointment in his capacity as chairman of the Police Commission. According to Section 78(1) of the National Police Act, the Prime Minister can appoint a police chief based on seniority, calibre, and experience in investigation or suppression from a list of deputy candidates. The appointment then goes to the Police Commission for endorsement, followed by submission for royal approval.