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Siam's New DetectivesVisualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand$
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Samson W. Lim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855253

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855253.001.0001

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Facts about Crime

Facts about Crime

(p.34) 2 Facts about Crime
Siam's New Detectives

Samson Lim

University of Hawai'i Press

By the early twentieth century, the government and high-ranking police officers were beginning to see the kingdom’s crime problem as one of one of proof – what constitutes evidence and how to produce and evaluate it. In response, the police began a reform process that paralleled those that took place in many cities in the USA and Europe. This meant the introduction of new ways of representing the physical world including statistical tables, fingerprints, maps, and diagrams. These forms of representation had previously been unknown to the Thai police (and the public); what they were and how they looked had to be created and then taught. Thus, it was through a long, uneven process of trial and error that the Thai police began to shape the appearance of legal evidence and of Siam’s new criminal past.

Keywords:   Evidence, proof, clues, visualizations, legal reform, fingerprints, photography, police academy, documentation

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