Royal Thai Police

  • Crime News

    RTP seize 7.9 million baht assets from hybid-scam network

    In a sweeping operation dubbed “The Purge,” Royal Thai Police (RTP) officers from Mueang Thong Thani, in collaboration with relevant agencies, made significant strides in the battle against transnational crime on April 17. RTP officers seized assets worth over 250 million baht (US$7.9 million) from hybid-scam networks, a substantial blow to these criminal operations. The hybid-scam network involved tricking unsuspecting…

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    Big Joke still laughing: Royal Thai Police delay investigation

    Police General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, the Deputy National Police Chief, remains in his position as the Royal Thai Police (RTP) has yet to form a committee to investigate the allegations against him, according to the acting National Police Chief, Police General Kitrat Panphet. “Strict procedures have to be followed.” Two issues require consideration. Firstly, an investigation into the allegations…

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    Internal strife and political interference hinder Thai police reform

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) are in the throes of internal conflict and political interference, making police reform a distant goal, say observers. A recent high-profile disagreement between National Police Chief, Police General Torsak Sukvimol, and his deputy, Police General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, has fuelled this perception. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who presides over the Police Commission, allocated the…

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    Policewoman’s battle with depression & suicide after police training

    A policewoman took to social media to reveal the brutality of police training that left her with depression and thoughts of suicide. The Royal Thai Police (RTP) are investigating the matter. The policewoman, Chontaros Sukdayotin, posted pictures of herself in hospital on Facebook and revealed to her followers that she now battles depression and has recently experienced coughing up blood.…

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    Royal Thai Police internal conflict prompts public investigation

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) is currently embroiled in an internal conflict that has drawn substantial public interest. A committee headed by the former Deputy Police Chief, Police General Winai Thongsong, has been tasked with investigating the matter and has been given a timeframe of 60 days to unearth the truth. According to Pol. Gen. Winai, this investigation is not…

  • Thailand News

    Police chiefs suspended over alleged gambling links

    The Prime Minister of Thailand suspended two top police chiefs of the Royal Thai Police (RTP) from their positions due to alleged internal conflict and connections to online gambling. PM Srettha Thavisin, yesterday, March 20, transferred the RTP Commissioner Torsak “Big Tor” Sukvimol and Deputy Commissioner Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, to temporary roles at the Prime Minister’s Office for 60 days.…

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    Legal team denies Big Joke’s involvement with BNK Master

    The legal team of Deputy National Police Chief Surachate Hakparn aka Big Joke divulged that nearly 30 police officers are being implicated in a corruption scandal linked to an illicitly operated online gambling network known as BNK Master. The officers under scrutiny are thought to have been involved in receiving underhand payments from the network, which has also implicated Big Joke.…

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    Vaping crackdown: 10,000 devices seized in Bangkok market raid

    Authorities in Bangkok have apprehended eight suspects and confiscated a staggering haul of over 10,000 e-cigarettes and vaping gadgets in a targeted operation near Ramkhamhaeng University. In a joint effort between the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) and the Royal Thai Police, dubbed the Vape Operation, the crackdown aims to stem the tide of illegal vaping sales flourishing…

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    Police Chief’s directive to protect Royal Thai Police’s reputation

    National Police Chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol has issued a stern order to all police officers, commanding them to refrain from divulging any information to the press that could tarnish the image or operational integrity of the Royal Thai Police (RTP). Moreover, officers have been explicitly warned against actions that could potentially serve their personal interests, sparking a firestorm of…

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    Thai police officers face bankruptcy with debt over 300 billion baht

    Police General Torsak Sukvimol has indicated that a multitude of law enforcement officers across Thailand are facing impending bankruptcy due to an accumulated debt totalling around 300 billion baht. This revelation came about during his interaction with the House committee tasked with reviewing the 2024 annual budget expenditure bill. Pol. Gen. Torsak was summoned to respond to inquiries concerning the…

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    Thai police chief ordered to protect prosecutors in online gambling case

    The national chief of police has been instructed by the attorney-general to prevent eight implicated officers in an online gambling case from intimidating two senior prosecutors, disclosed Prayut Phetcharakhun, spokesperson of the Office of the Attorney-General. In the previous week, Attorney-General Amnat Chetcharoenrak penned a letter to police Chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol, requesting him to halt threats from the…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand considers lowering age for criminal responsibility to 14

    In response to a disturbing surge in juvenile offences, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) is considering a radical proposal to lower the age threshold for criminal punishment exemption from 15 to 14 years old. This unprecedented move follows a string of harrowing incidents that have rocked the nation and left authorities grappling for solutions. RTP spokesman, Police Lieutenant General Achayon…

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    DSI probes Aranyaprathet police for alleged torture and false confession

    The 56 year old man, who was allegedly tortured into a false confession by Aranyaprathet police, is now under the spotlight of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). The contentious case revolves around the murder of Panya Khongsaenkham’s mentally unstable wife, 47 year old Buaphan Tansu, where he was initially made a scapegoat. Aranyaprathet police have been accused of coercing Panya…

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    Up in smoke: Royal Thai Police extinguish counterfeit cigarette ring

    A major counterfeit cigarette network, known as Jae Pen Fang Thon, has been dismantled by the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Excise. The operation led to the arrest of 55 year old Tawan, and the seizure of an extensive cache of contraband, resulting in an estimated loss of 45 million baht to the state. The operation took place…

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    Unexpected traffic fines surprise vehicle owners at tax renewal in Prachuap Khiri Khan

    At the Department of Land Transport (DLT) in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, vehicle owners renewing their annual taxes are being hit with unexpected charges, 735,000 baht in total, for unpaid traffic fines. Those who are unable to pay the fines immediately are issued a temporary tax renewal slip, valid for 30 days, during which they must clear their fines to…

  • Thailand News

    Court orders 300K baht compensation for protesters from Thai police

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) have been slapped with a hefty bill of 300,000 baht over a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy Ratsadon, or People’s Party, protesters. While the court’s decision may have came as a shock to many, the details of the ruling reveal a deeper, contentious battle between the authorities and the people. The Civil Court ruled on December…

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    National Police Chief vows to crush criminals behind university violence

    National Police Chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol has pledged to eradicate a criminal organisation accused of orchestrating violence and hatred among rival students at Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok, Uthenthawai campus. At a riveting press conference today, December 21, Pol. Gen. Torsak declared war on the shadowy group, linking them to the fatal shooting of Thanasorn Hongsawat in the Khlong…

  • Crime News

    Thai police warn about rise in deepfake AI related crime

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has issued a public warning about the potential rise in crime related to advanced deepfake AI technology. This technology, capable of swapping faces and mimicking voices, is feared to be the next tool for scammers in the coming year. The warning stemmed from the national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol’s concerns, which were communicated…

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    Thai police and health agencies join efforts to tackle rising mental health-related crimes

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) have joined forces with public health agencies, signing a game-changing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address the escalating issue of individuals with psychological disorders. The initiative aims not only to curb the growing number of attacks but also to ensure those affected receive the vital medical treatment they urgently require. Deputy National Police Chief, Police…

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    Thai government launches aggressive campaign against illegal lending

    The Thai government has prioritised an aggressive campaign against illegal lending and loan sharks, in an attempt to curb what Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin refers to as modern-day slavery. The move emphasises the urgency to dismantle such activities to restore social stability and security. The 61 year old Thai PM stated the issue of illegal loans has escalated to a…

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    Chai Nat: Thai police chief orders arrest of loan shark at somtum restaurant

    The National Police Chief ordered the arrest of two people linked to a debt collection gang, who vandalised a somtum restaurant in Chai Nat province. The owner of the establishment had registered to resolve her informal debts, leading to repercussions from the loan sharks. This event has led to wider investigations targeting loan sharks and other offenders involved in informal…

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    Thailand probes incident of Chinese tourist wearing Thai police uniform for fun

    Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin verified yesterday that the Royal Thai Police (RTP) is probing a social media incident involving a Chinese tourist seen donning the Thai police uniform, complete with a nameplate, rank insignia, and decorations. The uniform was worn for amusement, an act which the Thai PM condemned. PM Srettha expressed his disapproval. “That isn’t right, and [the…

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    Chaowalit Thongduang: Thailand asserts active extradition treaty with Indonesia

    Thailand‘s Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) asserted yesterday, December 5, that the country has an active extradition treaty with Indonesia. This announcement arrived in light of an unverified report suggesting that notorious fugitive Chaowalit Thongduang, also known as Sia Paeng, might have escaped to the Southeast Asian country. Prayuth Phetkhun, the OAG spokesperson, clarified that the attorney-general possesses the authority…

  • Crime News

    Thailand’s looming gun crisis: RTP crackdown nabs nearly 15,000 suspects

    In a pre-Loy Krathong Festival blitz, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) swooped down on a staggering 14,909 suspects, unearthing a chilling 14,339 criminal cases. National Police Chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol revealed that of the 1,320 cases linked to guns, the majority centred on illicit sales and wrongful firearm ownership. The crackdown’s focal point? To stem the tide of gun…

  • Pattaya News

    Pattaya police honoured by American Legion Post for dedicated service

    In a heartfelt gesture of gratitude, the Sergeant Thomas Oliver Ahlberg Memorial American Legion Post TH02 in Pattaya recently recognised the dedicated efforts of the Royal Thai Police at Soi 9 station. The commendation came in the form of certificates of appreciation, acknowledging the tireless work of the police officers in assisting American citizens and contributing to the welfare of…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket’s Patong beachfront to host air-sea rescue exercise

    The beachfront of Patong in Phuket is set to become a stage for an elaborate display of emergency preparedness. The impending air-sea rescue exercise, initially slated to take place later this month, is part of a series of events aimed at showcasing the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of tourists, announced Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat yesterday. The mock disaster scenario…

  • Pattaya News

    Royal Thai Police’s eradication of convictions in massive justice reform

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP), under the leadership of Commissioner Police General Torsak Sukvimol, has unveiled a significant achievement for the national justice system. A substantial number of convictions, specifically over 9.3 million from a total of 13 million, have been successfully expunged within two years. This announcement by Torsak was made public yesterday, marking a significant milestone in the…

  • Pattaya News

    Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau tackle student conflicts with preventive measures

    Police General Kittirat Phanphet, the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, and the Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau unveiled a meeting convened to address ongoing student conflicts between competing colleges. The meeting, on Wednesday, November 15, which saw the participation of Min Buri police and other relevant officials, aimed to formulate actionable guidelines to transform erroneous values into correct ones.…

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    Vietnamese investor-led network raided in Thailand for false milk powder sales

    A Vietnamese investor-led network, falsely advertising and selling a specialised milk powder with exaggerated health benefits, was raided by the Royal Thai Police (RTP). The authorities seized more than 42 million baht in assets and accused the network of misusing the name of a renowned former national football player, Piyapong Pue-on, in their marketing. The operation took place at 10am…

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    Royal Thai Army to pay over 2 million baht compensation for Lahu tribe defender’s death

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has been ordered to pay over 2 million baht in compensation to the family of Chaiyaphum Pa-sae, a human rights defender from the Lahu tribe, as ruled by the Supreme Court today. This case stems from an incident in 2017 where Chaiyaphum was shot dead by military officials at a checkpoint in Chiang Mai. Despite…

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    Northern Thailand: National Police Chief resolves longstanding conflict at Wat Hiranyaram

    National Police Chief, Sukhawimon Thotsakdi, better known as Big To, led a team to Wat Hiranyaram, also known as Wat Luang Por Ngern Bang Klaan, in Phichit province, aiming to resolve long-standing conflicts. Joined by Jaroonkiat Pankeaw, the Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, and Phumisak Kasemsuk, the Secretary-General of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, they arrived at the temple around 2pm.…

  • Pattaya News

    RTP police chief Torsak Sukvimol’s surprise visit: Tracking cases in southern Thailand

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) Commissioner General made an official visit to the Pattani Provincial Police Station at 4.30pm on October 31. The purpose of Torsak Sukvimol’s visit was to inspect and track the progress of key cases in Pattani. He was received cordially by the chiefs of the 16 police stations in Pattani and other concerned police officers from…

  • Thailand News

    CIB police named Social Impact Partner in TikTok Award Thailand 2023

    The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Thailand has been named Social Impact Partner of the Year in the TikTok Award Thailand 2023. TikTok Thailand held the awards ceremony on Saturday, October 28 at Suralai Hall on the seventh floor of the ICONSIAM shopping mall in Bangkok. Several Thai celebrities, singers, musicians, artists and content creators attended the event. All their…

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    End of the line: Thailand’s railway police disbands after 72 years

    After 72 years of service, the Thailand Railway Police Division (RPD), colloquially known as the train marshals, are bidding farewell today. These officers have been a stalwart presence on the trains coursing through Thailand since the modern railway system was established during King Chulalongkorn’s reign. The decision to disband the railway law enforcement unit comes in the wake of the…

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    Revised police hair length rules in Thailand: Insights from the chief

    The National Police Office recently abolished its regulation, which required male officers to have a short haircut with a maximum length of 3 centimetres on top. The new regulation allows officers to have hair up to 5 centimetres on top and 1 centimetre on the sides and back. National Police Chief, Torsak Sukvimol, explained that the change in hairstyle policy…

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    Mane change: Thai police let their hair down with 5cm rule revision

    Thailand’s national police chief has instituted a revision in police regulations, permitting male officers to sport hair up to 5 centimetres long. This move is a marked difference from the 2018 uniform practice code which mandated that male officers maintain a closely cropped hairstyle with the back and sides of their heads completely shaven. In the new 2023 uniform practice…

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    Royal Thai Police chief unveils merit-based appointment plans in bid for unity

    The National Police Chief recently addressed the issues within the Royal Thai Police in an interview on Inside Thailand. Police chief Torasak Sukwimon revealed plans for a merit-based system for appointing and transferring police generals, aiming to foster unity within the force. Torasak expressed his desire to establish the Royal Thai Police (RTP) as a home, a place of unity…