Surat Thani police launch safety sweep for holidays

Picture courtesy of KhaoSod

Surat Thani Provincial Police mobilised a security sweep to ensure public and tourist safety during the Valentine’s Day and Makha Bucha Day holidays in 2024. The operation, fronted by high-ranking officers, aims to prevent sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour, and crime in vulnerable areas.

In a proactive measure to ensure public safety, Surat Thani Provincial Police launched a comprehensive crime sweep operation. This initiative is specifically timed to coincide with the Valentine’s Day and Makha Bucha Day holidays, traditionally periods of increased social activity and travel. The operation, which is set to cover various strategic zones across the province, was launched in front of the Surat Thani Town Police Station.

The operation’s start was overseen by Surapong Thanomjit, the Police Major General of Region 8, and Surat Thani’s Provincial Police Chief, Seemphan Sirikong, along with Sombat Chamsaeng, the Deputy Police Chief. They were joined by local police station officers, investigative teams, joint operation units, military personnel, administrative officials, local government bodies, and volunteers, totalling over 200 individuals.

This security sweep is part of a broader 10-day campaign, running from February 13 to February 22, that spans Valentine’s Day, today, February 14 and Makha Bucha Day on February 24, a significant Buddhist holiday followed by a three-day weekend. The police anticipate increased activity among young people at entertainment venues, tourist spots, and accommodation facilities. The operation is designed to preempt any potential threats, including sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct, illegal gatherings, street racing, and general disturbances, reported KhaoSod.

Surapong emphasised the need for preventive measures against crime and for maintaining safety during these holidays. The operation is a collaborative effort involving administrative and military forces as well as related government agencies. It demonstrates the readiness and combined strength of all participating entities, including foundations and local volunteers, instilling confidence among the public and tourists and deterring criminal elements.

The operation is divided into six zones across Surat Thani province. Zone 1 and Zone 2 involve 12 police stations with ceremonies held at the Surat Thani Town Police Station. Zone 3’s ceremony is at the Tha Chana Police Station, involving five stations, while Zone 4 covers six stations with a ceremony at the Wiang Sa Police Station. Two stations are included in Zone 5, with a ceremony at the Bo Phut Police Station, and Zone 6’s ceremony involves the police stations of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.

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