Police urged to overhaul train safety

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BANGKOK, 26 June 2015 – In a new move to regain public trust, Central Investigation Bureau Commander Police Lieutenant General Thitirat Nongharnpitak has urged railway police to step up their efforts to improve the safety of passengers.

During his visit to Railway Police Division, Police Lieutenant General Thitirat instructed railway police to compile statistics of criminal acts that occurred on trains and at train stations in order to map out efficient crime prevention and suppression plans for passengers.

Though admitting that the Division is faced with lack of budget and personnel, Police Lieutenant General Thitirat called on the police to do their best as they are responsible for the lives of the passengers. The number of railway police currently stands at 681.

Railway police have also been told to be prepared for the emergence of ASEAN Economic Community in 2016, after which time they will have to deal with a much larger number of tourists and foreign workers.