At a Dec. 19 meeting, Nongprue Station Superintendent Col. Somnuk Changate said police are taking extra steps to provide security through Jan. 4. Among those are extra traffic signage and additional roadside checkpoints.
Nongprue Station Superintendent Col. Somnuk Changate (right) says police are stepping up security for the New Year holiday.
New permanent checkpoints, he added, have been set up in front of the Nongprue market and in front of the Pornthep 5 village.
Formally established this year, the Nongprue Station initiated 42 cases - three-fourths of them drug-related - in the first 19 days of December. Year to date, the station has opened 1,453 cases, he said.
Officers, however, still don’t have a permanent station. Police wanted to build a station on seven rai of land on Soi Araya owned by the Interior Ministry. The Royal Thai Police have refused, however, to allocate the 78 million baht needed for the project until the ministry sells or transfers the land title. Negotiations are ongoing, but the soonest the station can be built is during the 2015 fiscal year.