Police reassure Russian, Indian, Chinese diplomats to tourist safety

Friday, 08 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By  Boonlua Chatree

Top police commanders reassured Russian, Chinese and Indian diplomats that a high-season crackdown is reducing crimes against tourists in Pattaya.

Royal Thai Police advisor Gen Wuthi Liptapanlop, Regional 2 commander Lt. Col. Vinai Thongsong and Chonburi station head Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart, met with foreign-embassy representatives Jan. 28.

Wuthi told the diplomats that the first three weeks of the month-long crime sweep has seen criminal incidents decrease 90 percent. Officers have stopped 7,000 cars and motorbikes in road checkpoints, making hundreds of drug and weapons arrests.

Royal Thai Police advisor Gen Wuthi Liptapanlop addresses the media in regards to the latest crackdown on crime.Royal Thai Police advisor Gen Wuthi Liptapanlop addresses the media in regards to the latest crackdown on crime.

In addition to the 611 officers deployed, police also had trained and called on 300 Thai and foreign volunteers to assist. Police also briefed the embassy officials on the opening of a consumer-protection center at Pattaya City Hall.

The police officials were not asked what would happen once the high-profile crackdown ends this weekend.

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