Connect with us


Phuket expat volunteers strike amid Patong Police fallout

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The ousting of Patong Police Superintendent Chiraphat Pochanaphan on Monday has prompted expat police volunteers in Phuket to go on strike.

Expat police volunteers will no longer assist police or carry out their highly-praised night patrols of Patong until a clear structure is established, explained Wal Brown, long-term Phuket expat and head co-ordinator of the Royal Thai Police Region 8 volunteers on the island.

“We will meet with top-ranking officers at Patong Police Station this afternoon to discuss how the volunteers can continue working with police in assisting foreigners and tourists in need,” he confirmed to the Phuket Gazette this morning.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Ong-art Phiwruangnont removed Col Chiraphat from his post to acquiesce to the demands of about 200 tuk-tuk drivers who blockaded the Patong beach road and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road on Monday night (story here).

The tuk-tuk drivers were protesting alleged unfair treatment by Patong Police, who they said allowed legally registered taxis to park illegally in public parking spaces, but did not allow Patong tuk-tuk drivers to do the same.

The strike comes as many expat police volunteers have resigned from the Tourist Police in Patong, choosing to join their counterparts who assist regular Royal Thai Police officers.

“Some have chosen to continue working as Tourist Police Volunteers, but many have chosen to join the Region 8 Police volunteers, who work out of Patong Police Station,” one volunteer told the Gazette.

“We no longer have Claude de Crissey as our chief, so we have chosen to leave the Tourist Police and instead help the regular police.”

“But with Col Chiraphat now gone, we need to sort out who we work with and how we can continue working with law enforcement.”

Mr de Crissey was unavailable for comment this morning as he was busy attending to affairs in his role as French honorary consul for Phuket.

Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Urumporn Koondejsumrit was also unavailable for comment.

Sen Sgt Maj Wichai Boonruen, who co-ordinates all expat volunteers assisting the Phuket Tourist Police, confirmed that the Tourist Police office in Patong (map here) is open as usual.

“We have 35 expat volunteers across the island, and 10 of them are still operating in Patong,” he said.

“The Tourist Police Hotline 1155 is also still functioning as usual, with officers ready to answer calls 24 hours a day.”

— Irfarn Jamdukor


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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:

Best of4 mins ago

Top 5 bars in Pattaya

Thailand13 mins ago

UPDATE: Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Best of18 mins ago

Top 5 Thai restaurants in Krabi

Welcome back to Thailand!

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

Drugs31 mins ago

Hong Kong officials seize 61 kilograms of heroin shipped from Bangkok

Best of34 mins ago

Koh Pha Ngan’s 5 best resorts

North East1 hour ago

Couple “drops off” Covid infected 80 year old father at Korat temple, drive off

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Phuket officials add new layers of restrictions, Central closed for 7 days

Thailand2 hours ago

Korat construction camp closed following Covid outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases; provincial totals

Crime3 hours ago

Attorney General still plans to indict Red Bull Heir, cites new ‘evidence’

Best of4 hours ago

5 of the best spa hotels in Hua Hin for a relaxing getaway

Bangkok4 hours ago

Bang Sue walk-in vaccinations for elderly expats to end Saturday

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Special train takes Covid patients home to northeastern Thailand

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 best bars in Krabi

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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