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Should legalizing gambling and police reform go hand in hand? 

The latest allegations about the involvement of some senior policemen in online gambling operations have sparked a debate on the urgent need for reform of the police force.

A series of embarrassing news in recent months about corruption has seriously dented the image of the Royal Thai Police.

Cyber-police officers on September 24 conducted a search at the house of Deputy National Police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn after securing search warrants for eight members of his team in connection with alleged online gambling.

The  police also raided many homes of the suspects and issued arrest warrants for another 15 people allegedly involved in running illegal online gambling operations. The incident also raised questions on whether it would be more appropriate for the government to legalize gambling for the sake of better management of this activity and to earn more government tax…

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