Weeklong crime ‘sweep’ launched

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Regional police launched another of their short-lived, periodic “crackdowns” on crime, sweeping through Pattaya to focus on drugs and gangs.

Region 2 deputy commander Pol. Maj. Col. Suraphol Virattanakosin dispatched 300 police officers, tourist police and volunteers Oct. 10 from the intersection of Beach and Central roads. The sweep lasted through Oct. 16.

Hundreds of police were “released” out into the city for a weeklong crackdown on crime.Hundreds of police were “released” out into the city for a weeklong crackdown on crime.

Pattaya police chief, Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong said officers were told to focus on protecting the lives and property of tourists, and go after drug dealers and organized crime.

The concerted police “sweeps” generally coincide with changes in postings and rotation of officers. But the short duration of the supposed crackdowns, not to mention to pomp and circumstance given to their launch, leaves many questioning the effort police put in the rest of the year.