Police and schools will work together to segregate students into groups, designating pupils as good or at risk of drug use and illegal activity under a national One Police, One School program.
Pattaya police chief Pol. Col. Apichai Kroppech kicked off the program at Pattaya School No. 5, which was designated by Provincial Police Region 2 as Chonburi’s pilot school for the new program.
Dubbed a drug-prevention program, One Police, One School calls for the Royal Thai Police to assign an officer to each school. Working with teachers and administrators, the officer will sort students into four groups: good students, at risk, potential drug addicts and drug users and sellers.
The program targets drugs, but also will screen students for gambling, pornography, fighting, video game addicts and other risk factors.
The goal is not to stigmatize students, but to identify which students are at risk and provide them education and training to keep them away from drugs and other vices, police said.