ISOC recruits informants in Chonburi

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The Chonburi Internal Security Operations Command enlisted 53 people to work as informants, passing on intelligence on drugs, aliens, illegal immigrations, terrorists and transitional criminals to protect national security.

Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Ronakorn Dulyarat chaired the March 27 meeting which drew members of the public and government officials from Banglamung District.

ISOC Chonburi Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Ronakorn Dulyarat presides over the latest recruitment meeting.ISOC Chonburi Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Ronakorn Dulyarat presides over the latest recruitment meeting.

Director Wattanpong Mahiphan said the ISOC has invited residents to have a role in preventing and solving various issues affecting the stability and peace within the country. The agency’s own intelligence, he said, has proved insufficient to the challenge and the organization needs to establish a network of informants to pass on information.

The meeting served as a training session for the 53 who attended, offering them background on threats posed by illegal aliens. Officials stressed the importance of collaboration in accumulating information to be passed on the officers.

Founded as part of the Thai military in the 1970s to suppress leftist groups, the ISOC was given sweeping powers after the 2007 coup to handle “new forms of threats” and allow the ISOC chief to implement security measures such as searches without seeking approval from the prime minister.