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DSI opens office in Phuket

PHUKET: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has confirmed it is opening an office in Phuket as it continues its national expansion in fighting crime.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 23 March 2022, 11:38AM

The announcement was made yesterday (Mar 22) at City Hall during a meeting presided over by Deputy Governor of Phuket Amnuay Phinsuwan.

Mr Amunay was joned by fellow Deputy Governor Pichet Panaphong, Nikhom Suwanrungruang the Director of Policy and Strategy Division at the DSI, Akara Suwatthikul from Phuket Provincial Defense, Payungsak Kalamik from the Justice of Phuket Province, members of the DSI network, and representatives of the Phuket Information Center.

Mr Amnuay said that it is a big positive for Phuket to have an official DSI office and presence on the island that will allow a network of officials to coordinate with local communities to exchange information and improve safety within wider society when dealing with “special cases”.

“The DSI office will make it possible to link communication and work together effectively, especially on confidential information from various sources or news sources that have been examined,” Mr Amnuay said.

“It will enable thorough examination and screening processes to be employed that will allow information to be clarified, understood and shared among the network,” he added.

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“All data is examined and explored in depth in a proactive manner. It’s a great opportunity for the DSI network to have a data validation driven process. Seeking information and being ready to solve problems in the right direction through cooperation in a strong volunteer network.”
Mr Nikhom Suwanrungruang added that setting up an office in Phuket is part of the process of the DSI’s national expansion plans and will allow the group to cooperate with local authorities and exchange information to help prevent crime.

Mr Nikhom will oversee the facilitation of the office although it was not confirmed who will be positioned in Phuket fulltime to run the office on a day-to-day basis not where the office will be based.

It was also confirmed that in addition to Phuket the DSI is looking to establish a further six new offices in Bueng Kan Province, Phitsanulok Province, Nan Province (Pua District Sub-branch), Maha Sarakham Province, Bangkok (Don Mueang District), and Surat Thani Province. (Koh Samui District).

The Department of Special Investigation is a department of the Ministry of Justice of Thailand. It operates independently of the Royal Thai Police and is tasked with the investigation of certain “special cases”.

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Capricornball | 24 March 2022 - 21:06:38

They also need a branch in Kamala so they can look into a "special" person sees fit to clear the forests of hardwood trees and operate a saw mill in a residential area. The taxi, tuktuk minivan virus is fully imbedded as well, and they own the roadway near Cafe del Mar. They have already been caught accosting tourists and giving Thailand a bad reputation.

Capricornball | 24 March 2022 - 21:03:34

I would think Phuket would be a hazardous place for DSI. Criminal elements and their thugs are imbedded in the RTP and probably every gov't office on the island. They need a branch in Cherng Thalay for sure, as criminals and former OrBorTor personnel run the place. Start at cleaning Surin back up again, as it is now worse than 2014 levels, including illegal jetskis and boats.

Kamala Pete | 24 March 2022 - 12:33:00

What happened to the restricted parking areas for taxis & tuk tuks in Patong?  There are literally hundreds parked nose to tail in no-parking zones and every available slot along Beach Road. They even park on the pavements. Police turn a blind eye. They could make millions in parking tickets every night!

Kurt | 24 March 2022 - 11:16:44

Lets wait for the photo /spritual ceremony Governor and vice Governors welcome DSI on Phuket and hand DSI portfolios what need urgently attention to make Phuket 'beautiful', as now it is not!

Kurt | 24 March 2022 - 10:52:05

To show they have power/balls, DSI has to start with tackling the taxi, van, tuk-tuk mafia/cartel practises to justify/introduce herself. If they unable to acomplish that than better stop and withdraw.

Kurt | 24 March 2022 - 09:59:18

Wondering how many staff DSI will station on Phuket. They need at least 150 experienced investigators to clean up Phuket. If DSI just comes with 10 persons, I start laughing. Than they better not come at all. Waist of time and money. No efforts.

JohnC | 24 March 2022 - 09:10:35

Start in your own backyard. The RTP's reputation is a very shaky one. Weeding out all the bad elements there will take many years of work but benefit the island in the long run.

BosysurfNaiHarn | 23 March 2022 - 13:19:33

Hello DSI, may you please listen 
 to everyone's suggestion to begin with Taxis, Tuk tuks and Jetskis? If you get those criminals out first, like dominos the rest will leave. If you will not fix the most blatant problems, nothing else will change.

christysweet | 23 March 2022 - 12:21:31

Great, start at Cherng-Telay Sirinart Nat'l Forest Reserve illegal developments in Layan. Start by  investigating a former Or Bor Tor Chief's  'unusual wealth'.      

Kurt | 23 March 2022 - 12:15:41

Many Cartels and 'friends' Networks to screen on Phuket. Governors avoid to 'see'/ touch all this. To much afraid to burn their fingers on all this during their short period of staying on Phuket. They just want to sit out their time in peace.

Kurt | 23 March 2022 - 12:06:53

Hope DSI comes with a lot of staff. There is much Government corruption on Phuket to tackle. ( allowing illegal construction building, cutting illigal trees in appointed nature areas, with 'blessings' of forest department. All under the table).  Funny repeating study committees for rail tracks and Patong tunnel, not reparing Patak Road on Kata Hill. Lot of work to do.


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