520 police trained to protect PM on Pattaya visit

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More than 500 police officers from four provinces trained to protect Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her appearance at this week’s cabinet meeting in Pattaya.

Region 2 Police commander Lt. Gen. Punya Maamen oversaw the June 14 tactical training for 520 officers from Chonburi, Chantaburi, Chachoengsao and Prachinburi at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.

520 officers from Chonburi, Chantaburi, Chachoengsao and Prachinburi are given anti-riot training at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in anticipation of the PM’s visit to Pattaya this past week. 520 officers from Chonburi, Chantaburi, Chachoengsao and Prachinburi are given anti-riot training at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in anticipation of the PM’s visit to Pattaya this past week.

The officers were split into three groups, each receiving two rounds of theoretical and practical training over two days. They learned strategies and tactics employed against red- and yellow-shirted protestors over the past few years, including hand-to-hand combat, tear gas and horn use, and other riot-dispersal methods.

Punya did not expect any violence to interrupt the meeting held June 18-19 at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, but rumors of possible unrest warranted the extra training.