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Phuket Police launch Thai New Year drug, crime blitz

PHUKET: Police have launched a major offensive to crack down on drugs and other crimes in Phuket during the Thai New Year Songkran holidays.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 9 April 2016, 12:29PM

Region 8 Police Commander Maj Gen Tesa Siriwato and Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada presided over a ceremony at Phuket City Police Station to announce the campaign at 6pm last night (Apr 8).

However, according to a police statement, the campaign ‘already began on April 1 and will end after the Songkran festival, which this year will be celebrated on April 13-15.

“Songkran is one of the most important holiday for Thais. During this time, most people will travel to their home town. We want to provide security and keep traffic fee of accidents and also look out for theft and other crimes,” Gen Tesa said

“We want to let people know that our officers are ready and are carrying out an anti-drug and crime campaign by enforcing the law and bringing peace to people.”

Phuket City Police Deputy Chief Col Peerayuth Karajedi said, “More than 200 officers from Provincial Police, Tourist Police, Immigration Police, Airport police, Forensic Police, Marine Police, Royal Thai Police Special Branch, Royal Navy Third, Highway Police, anti-drug and crime suppression unit, defense volunteers, and other volunteers, are keeping a tight watch to keep the streets free from any illegal activities.”

“We have officers and undercover officers on foot, bicycles and motorbike patrols on streets across the island. Police checkpoints are being set up in certain areas to monitor suspicious activities. Our main focus is to check people for any weapons, smuggling drugs and other illegal activity or crime that will cause the loss of life or property to residents and tourists.”

“Officers are also providing assistance on roads, such as helping to ease traffic to prevent accidents and congestion, and other services to people.

“Safety for tourists and residents is our priority and it is crucial to gain trust from the public to help promote our tourism image. We are willing to serve people and work as a team to fight drugs and crime on the island,” Col Peerayuth said.

Gov Chamroen said “Tourism is very important for us in Phuket. We have people come from all over the world each year to visit the island. The number of tourists are multiplies during holiday and festival periods, especially New Year (Jan 1) and Songkran (April 13-15).

“Officers from every department are committed to work as a team to prevent any unwanted activities that will damage our tourism image.

“We are here to ensure residents and tourists that we are ready to serve them and provide security so everyone can enjoy their holidays,” he said.



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