BANGKOK (AP) – Thai police say steps are being taken to reduce rising suicide rates in the profession, warning that senior police officials could face punishment if any of their officers kill themselves.
Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri says more than 170 Thai police officers committed suicide from 2008 to 2013.
Among the most common cause was stress from work.
He said Monday that a hotline was created last month for officers to call in and talk to psychologists.
Prawut said the national police chief has asked senior police officials to look for signs and behaviour that could lead to suicide among lower-ranking officers in their units and warned of the possible punishments.