Police Chief Announces New Crackdown on Drugs, Gambling in Thailand
The national police chief has announced a new anti drug offensive that includes extreme punishment being handed out to officers found to be colluding with drug trafficking rings or gambling machine operators.
National Police Chief, Police General Wichien Pojphosri held a meeting with senior officers, and is urging them to step up efforts to combat crime, drugs and gambling around the country.
Wichen said the Royal Thai Police have a clear approach to cracking down on gambling machines and drugs.
He noted that officers who are derelict in their duties may be subject to minor punishments, while those found guilty of working with or taking bribes from perpetrators will be severely disciplined and will face criminal charges.
The police chief added that these punishments also apply to their superiors.
Wichien said more checkpoints will be erected nationwide in January.
Meanwhile, he said the investigation regarding complaints about officers who are stationed at the Klongton and Wat Phreayakrai police stations and have been accused of conspiring with drug gangs is still ongoing.
Wichien added that all police departments will work in a more integrated manner to stop armed violence.
The commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, Police Lieutenant General Atithep Panjamanond is expected to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban to report on the conclusions of meeting.
When asked whether some police officers could exploit the campaign by incriminating fellow officers in the hopes of gaining an advantage in police transfers, Wichien responded by saying that there is nothing to fear if they are carrying out their duties in earnest.