The 2022 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week is drawing near and host Thailand has made the appropriate preparations in all aspects. Of special attention is the provision of security for APEC leaders and APEC meeting attendees. In support of this cause and to foster confidence, the Royal Thai Police has been conducting a large-scale crime eradication drive.
Royal Thai Police Commissioner Damrongsak Kittipraphat announced the result of crime eradication efforts from October 10 to November 8. The police drive was initiated to promote safety and confidence ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week next week.
According to Pol. Gen. Damrongsak, the police processed 11,811 cases involving guns, for which there were 10,450 suspects. 36 war weapons were confiscated, along with 5,345 unregistered guns and 936 licensed guns. 37,045 rounds of ammunition were confiscated and 4,342 explosive items were seized.
41,809 drug cases were processed, for which there were 43,027 suspects and about 49 million seized meth pills. 9,465 persons were arrested in accordance with outstanding criminal case warrants.
The police chief highlighted the arrests of sellers of BB guns modified to shoot real ammunition. The guns were sold online. About 100 guns and 13,000 rounds of ammunition were seized from these sellers. 11 explosive ordinances were also seized.
The police commissioner asserted there is no imminent security threat in particular at the moment. Nonetheless, officials are not remaining idle and have been conducting searches at various spots to ensure security. Checkpoints were erected along the border and on routes leading into Bangkok. Security escort drills for convoys of APEC meeting attendees have also been held. Another drill will take place on the 10th with a full drill scheduled on November 12.
An anti-terrorism exercise will take place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center – the venue for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting – on November 11. Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon will inspect the exercise in person. (NNT)