Pattaya eyes joint police task force to bolster security

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Police stations in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach, Banglamung and Huay Yai would join together in a new task force to increase security citywide under a plan under consideration at city hall.

At a Nov. 9 meeting, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said the project, to be headed by the city Peace and Stability Maintenance Department, aims to bolster the safety of tourists and residents through increased use of closed-circuit television cameras, Global Position System-equipped response vehicles, additional lighting and complaint and threat-reporting systems.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presides over the planning meeting for a joint task force to increase security citywide. Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presides over the planning meeting for a joint task force to increase security citywide.

The various police stations and the city hall department would each contribute members to the task force, which would have no fewer than five people working around the clock.

Ronakit said the city has already started bolstering its surveillance systems, including installing cameras to monitor swimmers on the beach, adding 77 CCTV cameras, and improving electricity systems in Jomtien Beach.