Introducing New Tourist Police Commander
The new Tourist Police Commander has discussed with the local press about how Thai tourist police provide safety for both local and foreign visitors in Hua Hin.
On 26th February 2014 Commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Aphichai Thi-amat joined other police officers cleaning up the beaches and collecting garbage in preparation for the upcoming high season in April. Also assisting were staff from Hua Hin Municipality, Centara Grand Hotel, Hilton Hotel and members of many local associations and clubs of Hua Hin.
According to the Tourist Police Commander there of Thais and foreigners as well as tourist attractions in the country such as Hua Hin beaches, Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Phuket, is the main responsibility of the Thai tourist police. They are also keeping a look out for criminals who may cause problems for tourists in Bangkok and other Provinces. He commented that these problems have decreased in recent times.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Aphichai explained that he has asked police officers to set up small teams to patrol areas under their supervision at night and work cooperatively with local police officers in areas at risk. In addition, he more CCTVs have been installed on major roads and night markets for tourists’ safety.
Supervising all tourist police from 35 stations throughout Thailand and another 700 police officers, Pol. Maj. Gen. Aphichai found that in major tourist regions such as Koh Samui and Phuket more police are required.
“The more foreigners visit Thailand, the more income the country and its people will earn. Chinese people are increasingly coming to Thailand. We also welcome Malaysian and European people, including those from Scandinavian countries. Thai police are responsible for ensuring that they will travel safely here,” concluded the new Tourist Police Commander.