Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkaew gets top police post

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BANGKOK, July 16 – Thailand’s Police Board on Monday voted unanimously for Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew as new police chief to replace outgoing Pol Gen Prewpan Dhamapong.

The Police Board, chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, voted 10-0 (with the premier abstainng) to select deputy police chief Gen Adul to succeed Gen Prewpan who retires Sept 30.

Police Board secretary Pol Gen Ek Angsananont said the premier had told the meeting that the new police chief should lead the police organisation in accordance with the government’s policies, particularly the crackdown on illicit drugs and crime.

The board resolved that Gen Adul, who is secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, is qualified for the post. Gen Ek said it will take about two weeks to complete document procedures before submitting his name for royal endorsement.

Gen Adul, 58, was named an outstanding police officer in 1983 and a distinguished Thai the following year.

He also sits on the rehabilitation committee for southern-violence impacted victims.