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Officials silent on Phuket police review

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew met with top-ranking police on the island earlier this week as part of the Phuket Provincial Police Administration and Monitoring Committee, yet details of the meeting have yet to become public.

By The Phuket News

Friday 23 September 2022, 06:46PM

Photo: Phuket Provincial Police

Photo: Phuket Provincial Police

The meeting, held at the Phuket Provincial Police headquarters in Phuket Town on Wednesday (Sept 21), was joined by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong.

According to official reports, the meeting discussed the efforts by police in providing security during the recent APEC 2022 Conference and the 28th IMT-GT Ministerial Meeting held in Phuket.

Also discussed were  preparations for the bid for Phuket to host Expo 2028 as well as the new law on marijuana and the new Traffic Act.

“The committee has expressed opinions on various matters in order to make the work of the police officers to be more proactive in order to build confidence among the people and tourists in the measures to maintain safety,” one official report said.

However, no mention was made of recent incidents in Phuket directly affecting the safety of local residents and tourists, including the brawl involving three passenger van drivers at a popular tourist souvenir store on Tuesday that resulted in one of the drivers being struck on the head with an axe.

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Road safety was not mentioned, despite a Russian man dying on Tuesday after slamming head-on into a passenger van after he was reportedly unable to control the motorbike he was riding while descending the hill into Karon. The man marked the 71st road fatality in Phuket so far this year, equalling the tally for all of last year despite 2022 still having three months to go.

Also not mentioned was Maj Gen Sermphan himself ordering Patong Police Chief Col Sujin Nilabadee to take action against a man reported by the public as openly selling drugs on Bangla Rd, Patong, as reported only last Sunday (Sept 18).

The man had already been taken into custody by Patong Police in April for intimidating foreign tourists on Bangla Rd with a gun loaded with blanks.

No legal action against the man was ever confirmed by Patong Police.

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christysweet | 24 September 2022 - 09:51:05

I'm up to V II on notes 
 re  Cherng-Telay police incompetence. Where can I send a copy? 

JohnC | 24 September 2022 - 08:44:27

So a complete waste of time as far as the general public are concerned. Since it is a monitoring committee are they ever monitoring the complete lack of any trust that pretty much every resident of Phuket has for the RTP. They have shown themselves time and time again to be more interested in serving themselves then the public they are sworn to serve and protect.

Kurt | 24 September 2022 - 06:59:10

Ofcourse Officialdom is silent. The best is not saying anything about a disfunctioning RTP if one doesn't like to seen as ridiculous and make himself subject of a good laugh.

Capricornball | 23 September 2022 - 20:52:02

The lack of transparency further fuels the distrust of the RTP, and officials are never willing make any demands to upset the BIBs. Road safety should have been #1 priority, as the impotence of the RTP is the root cause of the utter free-for-all on Phuket's deadly roads. Nothing is ever going to change until the RTP does their job. For big events, better call in the military to maintain order.


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