Police Chief to propose name of successor soon


BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 – The Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General has confirmed he will decide later this month as to who will replace him in the position after his retirement.

Asked about the selection of his replacement, National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang insisted that he needs to give the matter his most careful consideration before he can make any decision. He said he will not seek advice from other people as it could cloud his judgment.

According to the National Police Chief, five of his deputies are contending for the top post and have already presented their visions and policies. He affirmed that the name of the most suitable candidate will be submitted to the Royal Thai Police Board chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha by August 20 for approval.

Pol Gen Somyot was appointed the tenth Police Commissioner-General of Thailand in 2014 in place of his predecessor Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew. He is set to retire at the end of September this year.