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US organisation honors Thai cops cash incentives for declining cash bribes

BANGKOK: BANGKOK — Thailand's police force is more accustomed to criticism and calls for reform when it comes to the international community. But that changed yesterday with a US-based organization honoring the force for creative economics.

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By Khaosod English

Saturday 19 September 2015, 03:16PM


Pol. Lt. Rachan Chomsuwan, at left, receives a 10,000 baht reward for refusing to accept a 100-baht bribe from a motorcyclist. Photo: Khaosod English

Pol. Lt. Rachan Chomsuwan, at left, receives a 10,000 baht reward for refusing to accept a 100-baht bribe from a motorcyclist. Photo: Khaosod English

At the 25th annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony, a satirical prize in economics was bestowed upon the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau for a short-lived policy of rewarding police officers who refuse to take bribes.

Organizers of Ig Nobel, a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prize, named the metro police a winner “for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes,” according to its website.

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