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07 February 2013 :: 16:02:57 pm 71637

Plutaluang Police Stuck With Poor Facilities

Plutaluang police are laboring in cramped old buildings while waiting for their new police station to be built. The project now sits abandoned, one of many unfinished projects by the company that was contracted to build 396 police stations. A police panel has canceled their contract for nonperformance.
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SATTAHIP – February 6, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a reporter noticed that builders seem to have abandoned the new Plutaluang police station under construction. He saw that the foundation slab had been poured, and the first floor had been completed. But the second floor remained unfinished, with only the foundation concrete posts seen in front of the building.

A building permit posted at the construction site stated that construction began on March 26, 201, and the project would be finished on June 27, 2012.

The contractor was listed as PCC Development and Construction Co., Ltd., which has contracted to build 396 new buildings for the police. So the reporter asked about the status of the new police station.

Pol. Col. Chaosiri Boonsiriyothin, Superintendent of Phlutaluang police station, said that Phlutaluang police station is 1 of the 3 police stations of Chonburi province that received money from the budget to construct the substitute police stations.

The builders began construction between July-August 2011 and worked on the project to February 2012, he said. Then the construction workers disappeared. Lately the police commander had completed a report on the unfinished project to present to the higher ranking department officials for their acknowledgment.

The reporter noted that older buildings formerly used by police have been demolished while the new police station was being built, and asked how the police are coping. The police commander said that officers have been temporarily using the meeting rooms of two buildings that were constructed a long time ago.

The rooms are used as offices for detective work, protecting and subduing work, traffic, directing, daily work, and fine work, including the temporary jail, he said. There is also no filing space for many government documents that have to be piled on the floor in stacks, he added.

Pol. Lt. Col. Phichet Saengsong, Inspector, Phlutaluang police station revealed that the police officers have had to use the temporary offices for more than a year, which has been a great inconvenience and created obstacles while doing their jobs.

For example, after arresting suspects, the temporary police facilities don’t have enough jail space because the older buildings have been demolished. So the police have to use makeshift prisoner cages to restrain suspects. For violent or dangerous suspects, the police will take them to the Sattahip police station jail, which is an inconvenient 12 km away.

There is inadequate storage space for the property that police seize from arrested criminals, such as munitions and crime evidence. So officers have to be extra careful about safeguarding and keeping track of all the property.

Similar scenarios are being repeated in police departments all over Thailand. Many police stations remain unfinished, and some have not even begun construction. High-level corruption is suspected in the awarding of the exclusive construction contract, because only one company was given the right to build all of the 396 new police stations in Thailand.

This deviated from past procedures, when each police district did its separate hiring of contractors for any police construction in their district. A police panel earlier this week canceled the construction contract with PCC to build the 396 new police stations.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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