Connect with us

Phuket

Tourist Police face harsh words in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: Tourist Police in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani have received a public tongue-lashing over a lack of patrols in tourist areas.

“I never see Tourist Police out on patrol when I visit – they are only working in their small police boxes,” said Gen Wuthi Liptapallop, a top-flight Adviser to the Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Adul Saengsingkaew.

“How are tourists supposed to feel safe if police are just in their booths?”

Speaking at a meeting of police commanders on Tuesday, Gen Wuthi demanded that Tourist Police increase the frequency of patrols in tourist areas.

“I would like to see officers patrolling at night until about 2am. If not, I will take action,” he warned.

The gravity of Gen Wuthi’s disappointment was lessened by general praise for the positive work of the Royal Thai Police since August 2012.

“Phuket has only 1,500 police officers to handle criminal activity throughout the island. It’s just not enough. This shortage is a problem in every province,” Gen Wuthi said. “Despite this, officers are doing a great job protecting tourists.”

With the country’s goal of generating more than 2 trillion baht from tourism this year, Gen Wuthi made it clear that more boots on the ground in tourist areas is a priority with introduction of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) just around the corner.

“I was assigned by Commissioner-General Adul to ensure tourist safety, which will support the government in achieving its tourism goals,” Gen Wuthi said.

Gen Wuthi also impressed upon the Royal Thai Police officers that being able to communicate clearly in English is becoming a fundamental requirement to working as an Immigration or Tourist Police officer.

“They will have to pass a language test. If they can’t pass it, they will be moved to a different position,” he said.

After the meeting at Phuket Provincial Police Station, Gen Wuthi met with Immigration and Tourist Police officers separately. The media were not allowed to attend.

— Saran Mitrarat

 

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

image

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:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 3: Are countries helping Thailand?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 2: Will your country give a vaccine?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 1: Should you travel to Thailand?

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

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

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Lockdown for BKK? Demonstrations back on, Pathum Thani shooter arrested

Thailand2 hours ago

Myth busted: Drinking alcohol does not kill Covid-19 – VIDEO

Phuket3 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu, again

Tourism3 hours ago

List of countries by Covid-19 risk level, classified by Thailand’s DDC

Thailand3 hours ago

Legalised marijuana up next? Courts get closer to legalising kratom

Phuket5 hours ago

Phuket police raids nab suspects for allegedly having guns, drugs, kratom

World5 hours ago

Antivirus legend John McAfee apparent suicide in Spanish prison

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 4,108 new cases; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Bar girls in Pattaya arrested for allegedly violating Covid restrictions while live streaming

Protests6 hours ago

Gathering for 89th anniversary of constitutional monarchy

Crime7 hours ago

Police arrest suspect who allegedly killed Covid patient and 7-Eleven clerk

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Multiple Bangkok hospitals stop Covid testing, citing fear of insufficient beds

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Trending