Arriving after midnight Oct. 5, Kawee appeared visibly disgusted as he stormed out of the dirty and stinking restrooms only to find the second-floor jail just as unpleasant. An embarrassed Pattaya Superintendent Lt. Col. Suwan Cheaonawinthawat, who scrambled out of his Soi 9 apartment to meet his boss, was told to immediately clean the entire station.
Newly installed Region 2 police commander Lt. Gen. Kawee Suphanant (top of stairs) expressed his discontent with the lack of cleanliness at Pattaya Police Station.
Kawee had been on-site earlier in the day to dispatch 300 officers for a publicity crime sweep, but rain put a damper on those plans, leaving the commander to simply dispense his philosophy of what a professional police officer should look like.
Accompanied by Chonburi Superintendent Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Kawee told officers to dress neatly, tuck in their shirts and wear red whistles around their neck.
Station officers should look alert, act caring to the demands of citizens and access information with utmost expertise. Patrol officers should be good communicators and have the ability to talk with foreigners, he said.
And, most of all, the police station itself must look clean and professional. Pattaya’s station obviously is off to a bad start.
As Suwan gave the regional commander a tour during his snap inspection, Suwan was grilled over media reports about foreign mafia gangs in the city. The police chief answered that he didn’t believe foreign gangsters were operating freely under his jurisdiction. He pledged, of course, to arrest any that are found.