Immigration officials prepare for AEC

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Pattaya-area police and immigration officials reviewed priorities for law enforcement under the ASEAN Economic Community at a meeting in Jomtien Beach.

Pol. Maj. Thamrong Saengwattanakul, superintendent of Immigration Police Region 3, and Pol. Col. Prapansak Samarnsuk, superintendent of Chonburi Immigration Police, met March 24 with Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police and director of the ASEAN Center at immigration’s Jomtien Soi 5 office.

Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police and director of the ASEAN Center at immigration’s Jomtien Soi 5 office.Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police and director of the ASEAN Center at immigration’s Jomtien Soi 5 office.

Also attending were representatives from the Pattaya Tourist Police Division, Chonburi Immigration Police, Transnational Crime Coordination Center, and the Russian Embassy.

Wuthi talked about security cooperation between member countries laid out in the ASEAN Charter requiring them to respond effectively to all forms of threats, transnational crimes, and cross-boundary challenges.

There are three main priorities, he said: providing security for tourists by utilizing technology such as CCTV and GPS; targeting transnational crime relating to human and drug trafficking, as well as money laundering; and monitoring illegal immigrants by sea by setting up checkpoints to inspect both cargo and passenger vessels at Laem Chabang, Samet, and Koh Sichang ports.