The city woke up to find the Chief of Police had been transferred to an inactive
position. This is the Police Chief for the entire country. For those living in
the West that translates as a “soft” firing. Think of someone being shot out of
the cannon but instead of smashing against a wall, he lands against a large foam
mat where he stays until reaching 60 years old and then slides down with pension
in hand into total oblivion.
Apparently Police Chief Kowit learned he was
“out” of the job from the press. That is one way to deliver a pink slip in
Thailand; it avoids the confrontation that Thais hate. Who wanted to be the guy
who walks into the Chief’s office and says, “Hey you, clean out your desk.
You’re outta here in five minutes.”
Apparently there was no volunteer.
Police Chief Kowit was quoted in The Nation, “We cannot choose the way
we were born. I’d like to tell policemen to be patient in performing their
duties.” And then he finished by sayings, policing was “a cursed profession.”
On the subject of the departed police chief, there is a movie I’d give
Last night I saw the film The Departed .
Also about policing. Directed by Martin Scorsee (who if he doesn’t get an Oscar
the Members of the Academy ought to be put in a velvet bag and sandal wood
paddles used to dispatch them.). Martin Scorsese Set in Boston, the police are
after a local gangster (Jack Nicholson) and there is a mole in the department
feeding Mr. Big with every move the cops are making in advance. Matt Damon and
Leonardo DiCaprio square off as two cops looking to take down the mob. Who’s
dropping the dime? Betrayal and murder have never been so graphically wedded in
the dance Matt and Leonardo do in this film. If you want to look at conflict,
police culture, and great dialogue, this movie is for you.
movie ends, you come back to what Police Chief Kowit said on his exit: policing
is a cursed profession. That could become a bumper sticker in a lot of