Connect with us


Crime fighters set up in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: In a bid to tackle serious crime around the country, the Bangkok-based Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has formed local crime-fighting forces for each police region, CIB Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit announced on Sunday. Gen Chatchawal has been appointed chief of the CIB office for Region 8, based in Phuket and covering Ranong, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat provinces. Eight other CIB Deputy Commissioners have been assigned to similar offices to cover the other police regions in the country. “From now on, we will be intimately involved with investigations into violent crimes and cases that the local police are too limited to handle,” he said. “In the past, we experienced overlaps in tasks between the central office and the regional offices, making it confusing for both and reducing our ability to enforce the law effectively.” Gen Chatchawal said that the new force comprises hundreds of officers from the Tourist Police, Marine Police and Highway Police, as well as CIB officers from Bangkok. In particular, he said, they will target the spiraling number of crimes by teenagers, including violent sex crimes, fighting and street racing, as well as cases “too complicated” for local officers to handle. “There are two major problems we have to handle immediately. One is teenage motorbike gangs. About 100 [gang members] often gather on the street at night near Rajabhat University Phuket. We have all their details. I have ordered officers to investigate in depth. “Society should be aware of the problem and know that we are keeping an eye on [the teenage gangs]. They are in our sights,” he said. Gen Chatchawal said that key crime bosses in the region are also high on his agenda. “We are [putting pressure on] their supporters, who are government officers, business people and ordinary citizens. If we [take away their support], it will be more difficult for these powerful people to continue to operate. “We have information about them already. All 19 ‘big ones’ [in Region 8] are involved in all kinds of crime: gambling, illegal weapons, illegal lotteries, gunmen for hire and illegal labor. We are focusing on gathering evidence against them,” he said. Gen Chatchawal rated Phuket as the third-worst province in the region for “big crime”. The worst is Ranong, he said, while Surat Thani is second. He added that CIB Region 8 will also help to monitor the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization elections on March 14 and will help in any related investigations. “We will cooperate with the Central Election Committee (CEC ) in keeping an eye on the elections. Our officers have been trained to investigate and will report to the CEC,” he said. The reorganization coincides with the increased involvement of the ruling Thai Rak Thai party in grass-roots politics.


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism60 mins ago

Refinements to the Sandbox as the countdown continues to Thailand’s reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Sunday: 3,682 new infections and 20 covid-related deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Dole pineapple factory has 34 new Covid-19 cases, 413 total

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Chinese Sinovac vaccine debuts in Singapore to high demand

Drugs15 hours ago

Drug smuggler caught in Kalasin with 300 kg of marijuana

Politics16 hours ago

Amendment to reform Constitution rejected by Parliament

Medical17 hours ago

Gender Health Clinic opens in Bangkok for transgender needs

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

30 million baht added to vaccine side effects compensation fund

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Plan for 16-week gap between AstraZeneca vaccines dropped

Coronavirus (Covid-19)22 hours ago

CCSA: 120 day reopening will proceed with conditions

Tourism23 hours ago

Sandbox latest, CCSA says all regions reopening must reach 70% local vaccination

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 3,667 new infections and 32 deaths

Politics1 day ago

Thamanat elected to role of head ‘fixer’ in Palang Pracharat party

Expats1 day ago

List: China has over 50% of all foreign-owned condos in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 days ago

Government plans 10 million vaccines for July

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8