Russian Club offers police ‘interpreter on demand’ service

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The Banglamung Police Station connected with the Pattaya Russian Club to start an online “interpreter on demand” service to better assist those from Eastern Europe.

Pol. Col. Thummanoon Mankhong, superintendent of Banglamung station, and Yuri Mamiadof of the Russian Club, announced the start of the free service Dec. 12.

Pol. Col. Thummanoon Mankhong and Yuri Mamiadof of the Russian Club announce the start of an online “interpreter on demand” service to better assist those from Eastern Europe.Pol. Col. Thummanoon Mankhong and Yuri Mamiadof of the Russian Club announce the start of an online “interpreter on demand” service to better assist those from Eastern Europe.

Thummanoon said that, in the past, patrol officers have faced difficulty in communicating with Russian-speaking residents and tourists. The language gap caused delays and sometimes impeded police in finding a suspect.

Therefore, the Pattaya Russian Club enlisted expats, tourists and former Russian police officers to provide interpreter services via the Internet using five smartphones. Officers can connect with a Russian speaker using one of several different video-chat applications.

The service was demonstrated at the press conference.

Organizers said, if successful, the interpreter project will be expanded to the Pattaya, Najomtien and Nongprue police stations.