National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun yesterday issued an order to have all police officials’ starting dates and ranks recorded in a computer database to avoid corrupt promotions.
The commissioner made the remarks while swearing in Tith Narong as the new police chief of Siem Reap province, where Ho Vanny was surprisingly removed from his position just two months into the job.
“When it is time for our police officials to be promoted in their ranks, we do not want them brokering for the promotions,” he said.
“Those good at brokering get promotions while those who are not good at negotiating are left behind. These are facts we need to recognise.”
“When it is the year that they are due for promotions in ranks, it will clearly be shown in a computer database system,” he added. “This makes it much clearer.”
Asked if his remarks were linked to the removal of Mr Vanny – who is now the deputy chief of the Tourist Police Department – Mr Savoeun declined to say.
“We have only one goal, we want to develop,” Mr Savoeun said, adding that he believed all police forces in Siem Reap would excel under the leadership of Mr Narong, who was formally the Siem Reap town police chief.
Mr Narong promised during his swearing-in to be transparent and honest, and to follow the law and government policies. “I will not do anything that affects the people’s interest,” he said.
Mr Savoeun also told Mr Narong not to be “jealous” of his underlings because he was their “guardian” and must set an example for them.