521 police to blanket Chonburi to prevent election violence

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More than 500 police officers will blanket the Eastern Seaboard this weekend to prevent violence related to Sunday’s general election.

Top Royal Thai Police officials deployed 521 officers from 22 provincial stations June 21 in a two-week push to prevent election-related violence throughout Chonburi and other districts under the command of Region 2.

Royal Thai Police Commander-in-Chief Gen. Wichian Potphosri presents energy drinks to officers on duty. Royal Thai Police Commander-in-Chief Gen. Wichian Potphosri presents energy drinks to officers on duty.

Following the officer release, Royal Thai Police Commander-in-Chief Gen. Wichian Potphosri then went to inspect Sukhumvit Road checkpoints.

The police effort is being backed up locally by the Pattaya Police Station, Safeguard officers, Ordnance Department officers from the Sattahip Naval Base, explosives experts and doctors from Banglamung Hospital and Sawang Boriboon Foundation.

Pattaya officers demonstrated use of tools to block the escape of cars and motorcycles. After that they visited the Pattaya city mobile toilets and Wichian presented energy drinks to officers on duty.

Wichian noted a crackdown on illegal guns by Region 2 officers between May 30 and June 13 resulted in 117 arrests, including three for possession of explosives. More than 1,700 people were also arrested for illegal drugs, he said.