Police host safety talk at Pattaya school, solicit name for new mascot

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About 300 students from Pattaya School No. 4 learned about the jobs of police officers, the dangers of drug use and were invited to name the Pattaya Police Station’s new mascot during a “Five-Minute Teacher” outreach event.

Superintendent Col. Nanthawut Suwanla-Ong led the Nov. 10 program with two senior deputies and public relations officers each taking a few minutes to educate the youngsters on the lives of Pattaya police.

Students have been invited to name the new female police mascot (2nd left). Students have been invited to name the new female police mascot (2nd left).

The “Five-Minute Teacher at the Flagpole” program also discussed the dangers of ya ba and marijuana use and gave the kids tips on how to protect themselves and stay off drugs. Other officers went over traffic laws in a light-hearted program filled with laughs.

Before wrapping up, Nanthawut unveiled the police station’s new female mascot. He told the children that the Pattaya Police Station already had one mascot, “Lance Cpl. Yim Yam,” but he was lonely, so the station created a girl mascot to join him.

The new mascot doesn’t yet have a name or rank, however, and so the police chief invited the students to suggest names. The winning choice will be selected soon with the winner earning a 5,000 baht scholarship.