Police academy to oversee anti-graft tool in Chonburi

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The Royal Thai Police Academy will oversee implementation of a new anti-corruption process in Chonburi.

Rattana Salaithong, an analyst for the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s Integrity and Transparency Assessment program briefed provincial administrators in Chonburi April 24.

The ITA is an evaluation tool for anti-corruption of Thai government agencies. The ITA framework was developed from the concept of the integrity assessment successfully used by the Korean Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, integrated with the transparency indices of the NACC.

The assessment of integrity and transparency for anti-corruption of Thai government agencies relies on the indexes mainly relating to good governance, global ethics, Thai culture, as well as facts on corruption issues occurred in the government agencies.

Most of the integrity and transparency issues arise from personal ethics, cultural factors of the agencies, certain types of works, and the acceptance of gifts that are prone to corruption. Thus, to resolve these issues within the agencies is to make attempts to change behavior, value, and agency culture of both executives and personnel in the agencies.

The changes can be successfully achieved by emphasizing their responsibilities and participation in anti-corruption within the agencies. These changes are, though difficult to achieve, considerably important for increasing the integrity and transparency of the agencies. The changes can also indirectly create allies among the government agencies for anti-corruption in communities, societies, and the whole nation.

For Chonburi, the NACC has appointed the Royal Police Academy to be responsible for the inspection, using the tools and guidelines of the ITA. The Chonburi Council has already invited 150 civil servants to take part in the survey and developments are to be applied in the future.