Royal Thai Police
The junta has ordered the police to tighten surveillance on anti-government groups and report about their activities every 15 days. On 14 November 2017, Pol Gen Dejnarong Sutthicharnbancha, Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police, said that the police have received a letter from the government ordering every police departments to tightly monitor anti-government groups, according to Matichon Online.
After almost three years of little progress, the Thai police have announced that they will not resist if the junta leader uses his absolute power to reform the police force, while a civil society group points out that decentralisation is the key to police reform. On 1 February 2017, Police Watch (PW), a civil society group campaigning for police reform, issued a statement urging Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, to decentralise the administration of the Royal Thai Police (RTP).
The Royal Thai Police have announced that as many as 200 people might be arrested for cheating in the highly competitive police recruitment examination. On 18 January 2017, Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, Metropolitan Police Bureau Commissioner, announced that as many as 200 people could face arrest warrants over the recent police entrance exam scandal. The scam-ridden exam where 85,989 applicants were competing for 5,000 lance corporal positions was held at the Bang Na and Hua Mark campuses of Ramkhamhaeng University on 4 December 2016.
After a seven-year fight for justice, a provincial court has accepted a lawsuit against four police officers accused of torturing a suspect.
The Royal Thai Police have announced that they are now working on 194 lèse majesté cases. On 9 November 2016, Pol Maj Gen Songphon Wattanachai, Deputy Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), announced that the police have documented 194 alleged violations of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. The officer added that 10 persons have already been arrested while the authorities are now trying to arrest 17 more.
Parents of a suspect who died while in custody have filed a lawsuit against the Royal Thai Police, alleging that their son was tortured to death.
Police have investigated 20 cases of lèse majesté since the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016, according to a spokesperson from the Royal Thai Police.
Thai police commander has demanded that Thai people stop harassing lèse majesté offenders, adding that 12 people have been prosecuted since King Bhumibol’s death. On 19 October 2016, Chakthip Chaijinda, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, asked the public to report lèse majesté cases to the police, rather than harassing suspected offenders.
Thai police have arrested two suspects accused of lèse majesté for making false claims about the Thai monarchy for financial benefit. Pol Maj Gen Thitirat Nongharnpitak, Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau of the Royal Thai Police, on Friday, 15 July 2016, held a press conference on the arrests of Phakhin Chakabat and Woraphon Mawimon, suspects under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, the Thai News Agency reported.
Thai police have refused to press lèse majesté charges against the mother of an embattled anti-junta activist. Pol Lt Col Sanpetch Noothong, police investigator of the 3rd Division of the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), submitted a petition to the relevant authorities to cancel the request to detain Patnaree Charnkij, the mother of well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit Serithiwat, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported.