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Pattaya Daily News

19 February 2010 :: 12:02:53 pm 13571

Region 2 Police Fight for the Key Command Post Around Pattaya

A power struggle has begun between high ranking Region 2 police, over the recent appointments and demotions made by the acting Region 2 provincial police commander, who seems to be set on bringing order to the seemingly chaotic police hierarchy at present.
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Pattaya, the 17th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: A struggle for power has began amongst the leading officers of Provincial Police Region 2, which includes the provinces of, Chon-Buri, Chantha-Buri, Chacherngsao, Trat, Nakorn-Nayok, Prajin-Buri, Rayong and Srakeaw, covering a total of 37,000km2. Recently the national and provincial police commands and their superintendents have undergone an upheaval due to a change in command at the National Police Bureau; these changes have affected, in particular, Police Colonel Noppadol Wongnorm who has since complained to the media that he has been treated unfairly following his demotion.

Police Colonel Noppadol Wongnorm, previously the Superintendent of Pattaya Police before being promoted to the Chon-Buri Superintendant position was demoted back to the Superintendent position at Pattaya after less than 2 years at his post, (minimum term officers have to serve in any given position). Now, following the recent rearrangements in the National Police Bureau’s command, Col. Wongnorm has again been demoted, now to the position of Superintendent at the Panom Sarakam Police Station in Chacherngsao province (a much smaller area command).

No reasons have been put forward by the National Police Bureau’s command, however; Col. Wongnorm has since gone to the President of the Police Crime Divisions Media Association Mr. Pairoj Tesniyom to complain about his alleged unfair treatment by the police hierarchy. Col. Wongnorm has stated to the media that he believed he had been promoted to the number one position of Provincial Police Region 2 (Chon Buri Superintendant) because of his hard work, efficiency, determination and length of service, now he is strongly protesting that he has been treated unfairly by the Acting Director of Provincial Police Region 2 Lt. Gen. Aswin Kwanmeung and that the demotion was unsubstantiated.


Along with the controversy surrounding the order of command in Region 2, Col. Wongnorm has also had to continuously fight off allegations that he had previously paid an amount of 10 million baht to secure the position of Pattaya Superintendant.

Acting Director-General of the National Police Bureau, General Prateep Tanprasert has stated to the press that the recent changes made to both the national and provincial police commands had been completed, adding that, any officer who feels they have been unfairly treated has the right to appeal and is free to protest through the media if they wish to do so.


Note: Region 2 is one of the largest and most influential regions within Thailand, with high ranking officers usually promoted within the same region and moved around to different areas to gain more experience. Superintendent positions are the aspirations of all higher ranking officials, with Banglamung, Pattaya, Chon-Buri and Jomtien being the most valued of the area commands. Keeping in mind the recent allegations that money is being paid to gain some of these influential positions, it becomes quite obvious why the aforementioned commands are the most sort after.

Warina Punyawan (Editor-In-Chief) – editor@pattayadailynews.com

Reporter : Warina Punyawan   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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