Factors Affecting Investigative Work of Investigating Police Officers, in Pathumthani Provincial Police Station

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Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang

Abstract

This research aimed to study and compare the factors affecting the performance of police investigators at Pathumthani Provincial Police as perceived by police investigators attached to Pathumthani Police as they were classified according to their personal, social, and economic background.


The population of this study was 160 police investigators working at 37 district and sub-district police stations under the jurisdiction of Pathumthani Provincial Police. The research instrument was a sixty-eight-item questionnaire with a five-level Likert scale, yielding the reliability value of 0.96. The data were analyzed using percentage, mean, standard deviation, and F-test.


The findings were as follows:


Ten internal factors were studied. These factors included manpower, budget, qualifications and competence, opportunity for advancement, income and fringe benefits, materials and equipment, promotion and rewarding, qualifications and competence, academic activities and action planning, responsibilities, and relationship with colleagues.  It was found that these factors altogether affected the performance of the police investigators at a moderate level.  When individual factors were taken into account, most of them were found to moderately affect the performance, with the top three most influential factors namely qualifications and competence, academic activities and action planning, and relationship with colleagues having the mean scores respectively;


Seven external factors were under this study: the condition of responsible areas, relationship with and cooperation from people, information patrolling and intelligence agencies, related laws, coordination among working units, media news presentations, and influential groups of people supporting wrong doers. The overall factors moderately affected the performance of the investigators. Most of the factor individually, was found to moderately affect the performance, with the top three most influential factors namely coordination among working units, information patrolling and intelligence agencies, and relationship with and cooperation from people having the mean scores, respectively.

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