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31 January 2013 :: 11:01:41 am 71250

Pattaya City Launches New Community Safety Program

A press conference was held to announce a new project, “Pattaya Community Safety,” which would involve the Pattaya police working more closely with foreign residents. With the month-long police crackdown on crime approaching its Feb. 7 expiration date, Pattaya city officials hope to sustain the effort to make Pattaya a safer and more hospitable place.
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Announcing the new “Pattaya Community Safety Project” were Mr. Ittiphol Khunpluem, the Lord Mayor of Pattaya; and Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisal Pakdeenarunart, suppression commander; and Pol. Maj. Gen. Nipon Charernpol, commander of suppression division 2.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisal, said the commissioner of Royal Thai police office gave the police the directive to discuss and plan the guidelines for the security of lives and properties of tourists in Pattaya.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, Suppression Division, envisions a scenario in the future where the Royal Thai police office would be fully engaged in enforcement, especially regarding crimes, which they have been diligently combating in the past month, and have been largely successfully in implement the target goals of reducing crime.

Whether this cooperation resulting in the crime reduction can be sustained depends on local police focusing on community crime prevention, he said. But there is the added aspect of the the local foreigners who have lived in Pattaya for 20-30 years. These expats are honest, law-abiding people familiar with local issues and problems, so the police should ask them what criminal problems they want the police to solve, and how to best accomplish this.

If the problems that the police hear about from the foreigners are related to other departments or offices, the police would follow up with the foreign embassies for assistance if needed, and try their best to coordinate with the other related departments or offices, to give the foreigners the assistance and facilities they need to solve problems, because they have lived like Pattaya local residents for a long time.

The new safety programs will follow the core principle of developing Community Policing, which involves the police giving their full effort to solve the problems and answer questions raised by residents concerning their safety and security of their lives and their properties for both Thai and foreigners living in Pattaya.

The project would be similar to what the Royal Thai police office has been doing across the country to follow the principle of the police serving the community. This concept has been successful in many foreign expat communities in Thailand.

In the community safety project, police listen to the problems of local residents, and plant police officers into the community to hear the information directly on a daily basis from residents about any problems about their living, or commercial activities, or crimes committed. Then the police would solve the problems while working with the residents, since the foreign expats came to Thailand to live and not for short vacations.

The community policing officers would also stay within the community to follow up on their problem solving and monitor the results for effectiveness. As the host city of the project, Pattaya will deposit the many resources of police officers within Pattaya city to work together in the project, all working toward the same common goal with measurable results and conclusions.

The main forces for the new project will come from the Police 2 division to monitor Pattaya city, while the supporting forces will include the consumer protection police officers, tourism police officers, marine police officers, and even the highway police officers in the area to look after foreigners who live in Thailand.

Police officers will be assigned to listen to the problems of residents in villages and business places to help them to live happily, and by helping the police themselves to know information about crimes and giving them clues, residents can help police deal with major problems and also determine which problems are false alarms or overreactions to dealing with crime prevention.

Those who attend the workshops for the project would come from 12 major nations such as Russia, Germany, Switzerland, England, Australia, and others, including the government officers from various embassies to come together to listen and participate in the program.

The Lord Mayor Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem revealed that the project, “Pattaya Community Saftey,” will be under the policy of Pol. Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan, the Central Suppression division commander who was given the crackdown on crime project: Pattaya; Safe City, from January 8 – February 7, 2013.

So the new Communnity Safety follow-up project is following the policy of the Royal Thai police, and it also follows the policy of the central suppression division in Tappraya community, south Pattaya, which has the same goals and is working in the same direction.

The police will serve in the public project, and thus receive input about problems from the community, which is a reversal of the old idea that the police have to enforce laws from positions of authority, because the new concept is about the police responding to the needs of the public.

The project will focus on foreign residents and business people in Pattaya. Because they are so numerous, the project will start with receiving the problem information, and opinions about the solutions relayed to the suppression division, which will be accomplished by sending police officers to meet the residents and business people at least once a month.

The information will help police in their efforts to reduce the crimes, because in many areas, there needs to be the building of networks of both foreigners and Thais to proceed.

For example, in the area of real estate, it is now allowed for foreign brokerage firms to purchase and sell condominiums. But there have been problem with some dishonest business people deceiving others, so efforts have begun to start a registration process with foreigners to ask them for the problems they encountered and categorize them, which is intended to lead to the problem solving of the issues.

Pattaya city has been designated to be the office to monitor to solve the problems in this area, with the cooperation from the Suppression Division that has authority across the country. Because in the past the Pattaya departments did not have the authority to investigate problems in areas outside Pattaya, even though it involved problems and crimes affecting the community.

Therefore, this project will be beneficial to all parties for the increased security that will result and the reliability building that would be passed to business networks and any other ethnic communities.

It will also help to reduce rumors about crimes in Patttaya, which occurs to individuals, but have broad impacts by spreading the perception of widespread crime in the area. So it is best to focus on crime prevention to create and maintain the good image of tourism in Thailand.

Reporter : Prawprow   Photo : Prawprow   Category : Society

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