ONCB to keep eyes on more than 16,000 communities

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BANGKOK, 4 November 2013 The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) is set to keep eyes on more than 16,000 communities nationwide, starting November 5th. 

Secretary-General of the ONCB Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen has announced that a total of 16,400 communities across the country will be closely monitored in a bid to prevent all kinds of drug-related activities. He, however, said the police will, at this initial stage, focus on 50 communities in each part of Thailand, whereas the period is set for 90 days to see results and improvements.

According to him, 24-hour patrol centers will be set up in those communities as people in the areas will be asked for cooperation and to give any drug-related information they come across to the police immediately, so that the police can respond quickly to the crime.

Lastly, Pol. Gen. Pongsapat said cooperation from the community itself is the main force that will drive drug problems out of the Thai society. The police will assess the effectiveness of the program after 90 days.