Promoting integrity and ethics for the young generation of police cadets

Phuket (Thailand), 2 July 2022 - The Royal Police Cadet Academy serves as a source of personnel development for the Royal Thai Police, with its main mission being the training, educating, and shaping of police cadets as they become qualified police officers.

UNODC recognizes the importance of instilling integrity and ethics among recently graduated police cadets. Therefore, the organization closely cooperated with the Royal Police Cadet Academy to host a workshop to provide police cadets with an understanding of corruption's characteristics and available mechanisms to prevent and combat corruption. This workshop was held during 1-3 July 2022 in Phuket, Thailand, with 49 police cadets in attendance who learned international standards of ethics and integrity in law enforcement. They also had the opportunity to express and exchange ideas regarding the prevention of corruption and the risks of ethics challenges through group activities. A visit to the Immigration Office at Phuket International Airport was also conducted.

At the event, the police cadets received knowledge from specialized anti-corruption agencies such as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and from UNODC. They also had the opportunity to hear experiences from real case studies on the effects of corruption and unethical behaviour that harm human rights from the National Human Rights Commission. Additionally, the cadets received guidance from the Public Prosecutor regarding professional principles and ethics of investigating officers, the tools to assess and prevent corruption risks in law enforcement agencies, the Integrity Assessment Checklist, and inspiring stories from young, successful initiatives around the world tackling corruption.

Furthermore, participants were introduced to international standards on ethics and integrity in law enforcement including the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (CCLEO), and Police Integrity and Prevention of Corruption Frameworks under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

An interview of a few representatives from the participants is available here

This training was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC events are publicly available via our website.

Other Useful Links:

  • The recent UNODC Webinar on Law Enforcement Integrity is publicly available for viewing in Bahasa, English, Thai and Vietnamese here
  • The footage of UNODC Anti-Corruption Webinars in Southeast Asia, where available, can be viewed on our social media page here
  • A summary of activities by the UNODC Anti-Corruption Team in Southeast Asia is available on our website here