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Senior tourist police and fake cop nabbed for graft

Senior tourist police and fake cop nabbed for graft

BANGKOK: A police senior sergeant major faces the sack and criminal charges after being suspended for allegedly demanding bribes from entertainment venues in Nonthaburi.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 9 July 2022, 10:47AM

Image: Policetv

Image: Policetv

The officer was named as Pol Sen Sgt Maj Phuwamet Hirunwongwaradol, 38, who is a squad leader at Subdivision 1 of Tourist Police Division 1, reports the Bangkok Post.

Pol Maj Gen Apichart Suriboonya, the tourist police deputy chief and spokesman, said the officer was assigned on Thursday (July 7) to patrol the Prawet, Bang Rak and Thong Lor areas of Bangkok but reportedly drove a police car to Bang Yai district in Nonthaburi.

He was allegedly accompanied by Manus Suksom, 46, who drove another car and posed as a tourist police officer. The two then collected bribery payments from entertainment venues in the area on Thursday night.

Police followed the two suspects and arrested them in the car park of Central Plaza West Gate shopping mall. The arresting officers also seized B100,000 in cash which included marked banknotes given to some entertainment venues by police after they received a tip-off about police taking bribes.

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After the arrest, the Tourist Police Bureau issued a statement apologising for the officer’s conduct.

Pol Lt Gen Sukhun Prommayon, chief of the Tourism Police Bureau, has ordered Sen Sgt Maj Phuwamet’s suspension. The suspect will face criminal charges and a disciplinary probe.

Mr Manus will be charged with impersonating a police officer and extortion. Sen Sgt Maj Phuwamet has served as a tourist police officer since 2010.


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christysweet | 10 July 2022 - 12:55:56

OK Well done, some progress, Yay ! My experiences with TP have been favorable, they have even  made RTP  do their jobs when  an initial complaint was ignored.   

Kurt | 10 July 2022 - 10:41:53

To impersonate as a police officer and 'bribe-behave' like them is a big sin. One must stay out of the RTP money shop. Any police officer facilitates this will be punished too. The only way to keep bribe ranks closed. Once in a while a example setting works well. Internal and external ( to public)

Fascinated | 10 July 2022 - 10:29:39

Lets worry about local corruption instead of elsewhere. What about investigating why the Orbator in Kamala does not allow a certain bar to have seating outside whilst other establishments can.

JohnC | 10 July 2022 - 08:59:06

Why is this newsworthy? This type of extortion happens on a daily basis all over this fine country without anyone batting an eyelid. What made this case any different. Because they were actually caught and will be "punished?" 555.

Kakka2 | 09 July 2022 - 14:21:27

why not trying this lovely exercise in beautiful Phuket ?  anyone idea ?lol


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