Phuket police launch safety initiative to curb rising youth crime

Picture courtesy of Phuket Provincial Police

Phuket City Police Station yesterday buzzed with activity as officers from the Phuket Provincial Police convened for the inauguration of a new safety and anti-crime initiative set to run until February 22. The gathering was an imposing show of unity, with representatives from various sectors of law enforcement, military personnel, administrative officials, volunteers, and media personnel all present.

Spearheaded by Region 8 Police Deputy Commander Police Major General Wimon Phitakburapha and Phuket Provincial Police Commander Police Major General Sinlert Sukhum, the initiative is a response to an alarming rise in violent incidents, notably those involving firearms. Disturbingly, many of these incidents are being perpetrated by children and youth, as detailed in an official report from the campaign launch.

With today, February 14 marked as Valentine’s Day, fears were expressed over potential inappropriate behaviour. This includes concerns over sexual harassment and drug-related activities among the younger demographics.

Addressing the congregation, Pol. Maj. Gen. Wimon underscored the crucial need for proactive measures. He called for a concerted effort from all stakeholders, combining thorough police tactics with a steadfast commitment to the safety of citizens and tourists, reported The Phuket News.

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The campaign’s remit is broad, extending to general crimes, technology crimes, drug-related activities, and outstanding warrants. A specific focus, however, will be on protecting the welfare of children and youth.

The campaign is a cooperative endeavour, involving multiple units. Among these are officers from the Phuket Provincial Police, Provincial Police Investigation Division 8, Tourist Police Headquarters, Immigration checkpoints, Marine Police Division, Highway Police Division, Narcotics Suppression Unit, as well as military personnel, administrative officers, public sector volunteers, and foundations. In total, a remarkable 365 individuals will be part of this campaign.

As the campaign commences, police are imploring the public to stay alert and collaborate with law enforcement agencies. The aim is to foster a safe and secure environment for everyone.

The Phuket Provincial Police, with their unwavering commitment to enforcing the law and maintaining peace and order, remain at the forefront of this initiative. Their focus is on diligent execution and strict adherence to regulations, according to the official report.

Phuket News

Mitch Connor

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