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07 August 2010 :: 12:08:28 pm 34574

Chon-Buri Transnational Crime Center Opens in Pattaya

The new Transnational Crime Center (TCC) opened its doors in Pattaya this week. Stationed at the Chon-Buri Immigration Offices in Jomtien, the TCC is primarily an integrated network of information, collected on an international scale, to help better monitor traffic passing through or into the Kingdom of Thailand.
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Pattaya, the 5th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: National Immigration Commission Commander, Lieutenant General Wut Liptapanlop, opened the new Transnational Crime Center in a low-key ceremony at the Chon-Buri Immigration Offices this week. Police Colonel Athiswit Kamonrat (Chon-Buri Immigration Superintendent), Mr. Ithiphol Khunpluem (Pattaya City Mayor) and several official dignitaries and government agency representatives were present to witness the grand opening event.

Chon-Buri Immigration Office, under the command of Immigration Division 3, is an established government service, catering largely to the foreign visitors and residents of the region. Its primary function being centered on visa applications and renewals.

Increasingly, with the numbers of foreign residents in the region rising, the immigration office has been involved heavily in monitoring and assisting in the arrest of foreign nationals, committing crimes in Thailand or using the region as a hideaway from international authorities. The increase in foreign criminals looking to use Thailand and Pattaya as a base to commit their crimes or to avoid prosecution in their homeland has led to the advent of the new Transnational Crime Center.

The TCC in Pattaya, under the watchful eye of Lt. Gen. Liptapanlop and the command of Col. Kamonrat, will assist local and national authorities in apprehending fugitive foreign criminals and compiling and monitoring foreign activities in the region. At present, over 3,000 (500+ in Pattaya) international arrest warrants have been collected by Thai authorities and input into the TCC database. Visa records, status and restrictions have been incorporated into the system, which included the national blacklisted foreigners.

Pattaya’s TCC is the first in Thailand to integrate multiple levels of criminal records from several agencies, both locally, regionally and nationally. The intentions of creating such a concise database of records will improve the communication lines between coexisting authorities and raise the effectiveness and efficiency of relating agencies in apprehending wanted, fugitive suspects and offenders.

Raising the standard of working conditions and the service provided at each departmental administration has been identified as a major contributing factor to the effectiveness and work ethic of the involved workforce. As such, the new TCC is a state-of-the-art facility, located on the second floor of the Chon-Buri Immigration building, using the latest information technology and equipment, aiding existing administrations in the monitoring and maintenance of systems pertaining to foreign thoroughfare and activities in the region.

Incorporated into the new Pattaya TCC is a variety of systems and utilities, including:

  1. Systems to monitor inbound and outbound foreign travel, visas and the national blacklist database.
  2. Linked databases with various local, regional and national authorities pertaining to foreign crime.
  3. A civil systems database, monitoring foreign business activities, land/vehicle registrations and various other administrative processes, including drivers’ licenses.
  4. Up-to-date national and international arrest warrant database, updated every 24-hours.
  5. An accounting database, including all records pertaining to financial dealings between foreigners, the immigration department and other authorities.

Pattaya Daily News Exclusive Interview with Chon-Buri Immigration Superintendent

Implementation of nationally accessible systems for  Thai authorities in regards to criminal records and there availability will significantly aid police in cases such as the much publicised Mikhail Pletnev investigation. Despite numerous reports, Pattaya Daily News in an exclusive interview with Chon-Buri Immigration Superintendent Colonel Athiswit Kamonrat, found that Mr. Pletnev had not had his Thai visa cancelled or any restrictions placed on his travel by Immigration. Asked about the bail given to Mr. Pletnev and another suspected offender Mr. Traiphop Bunphasong, Col. Kamonrat was reluctant to comment, other than to say that the bail decision was that of the Thai courts and local police investigating the cases have the ability to appeal those decisions, but did not.

Col. Kamonrat did however reveal that a preliminary blacklisting had been actioned against the suspect, but will not come into effect until the outcome of court proceedings is known. He further stated that the breakdown in communication between authorities over the matter had significantly aided in creating the controversy regarding Mr. Pletnev’s visa. Something of which the new TCC is aimed at rectifying, with records entered by local authorities being freely available to the Immigration authorities.

As present it is only a matter of professional courtesy that local authorities (Pattaya, Banglamung, Na Jomtien) must inform the Immigration Offices of any dealings in regards to foreign nationals so that it may be recorded and dealt with accordingly.  The TCC will significantly aid all party’s in regards to reporting incidents and keeping the lines of communication open on cases involving foreign nationals.

Wide spread integration of information systems is a current national initiative and focus of the national and provincial governments. Under the “better governance Act 2546” implementation and administration of integrated open information systems between all levels of governmental offices is a “mission of the state.”The new TCC in Chon-Buri is seen as part of this initiative and a view to the future in terms of Thailand’s law enforcement practices.

Photographer: Wanida

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : Community News

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