Activities started at 7pm in front of the Baan Sukhothai Hotel & Spa on Soi Bangla.
The large ceremony was presided over by Phuket Vice Governor Teerayut Eimtrakul.
Also present were Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Chalit Kaewyarat; Phuket Tourist Police Superintendent Ekachai Pramanakul; Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark; and Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukhabaan.
Representatives of 14 offices, including the Tourist Police Volunteers, Marine Police, Highway Police, Immigration, Navy officers, members of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) and local administrative bodies also took part.
After the ceremony, the officials took a stroll down Soi Bangla, where they greeted tourists and handed them bookmarks, encouraging them to use the Tourist Police hotline at 1155 if they fall victim to any crime.
Col Grissak Songmoonnark encouraged tourists with any problems to contact police.
There is an especially large contingent of foreign Tourist Police Volunteers ready to lend a helping hand in Patong, he said.
— Pimwara Choksakulpan
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