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Royal Thai Police parade highlights Phuket, Pattaya tourism-safety campaign



PHUKET: Royal Thai Police stormed Phuket’s party street, Soi Bangla, with an 800 officer strong parade yesterday to highlight a 30-day safety campaign aimed at slashing the criminal activity in Phuket and Pattaya.

“We expect the 30-day project to decrease the criminal activity in Phuket by 50 per cent, and significantly increase how safe tourists feel on our island,” Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Arun Kleawwatee said.

By making a significant effort to boost safety in both Phuket and Pattaya, the Royal Thai Police hope to improve the overall image of these two important tourist destinations, Col Arun said.

“In the past there has been a great deal of negative news about incidents happening to tourists in Phuket and Pattaya. To counter this, the Royal Thai Police decided to send more police officers and police volunteers into these areas,” Col Arun explained.

Issues to be addressed included a crackdown on drugs, prostitution, burglary, sexual assault and any illegal operations by local government officers, Deputy National Police General Pansiri Prapawat said.

“We will also be patrolling the high risk areas, as well as checking restaurants and entertainment venues for drugs, prostitution and teen gangs,” he added.

Those who attended last night’s parade included Royal Thai Police Assistant Commissioner-General Chalermkiat Srivorakan, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut and Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat.

Gen Pansiri said solving problems surrounding tourism safety was paramount.

“In order to move toward the Asean Economic Community we have to start resolving issues that tourists are facing and boost tourists’ confidence in our effectiveness,” he said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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