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Phuket Police Chiefs Switch Roles in Unusual Transfers

Thursday, June 14, 2012
PHUKET: In an unsual move, Phuket's two most important police stations are to gain new superintendents within the next 24 hours.

Colonel Chote Chitchai, who was Superintendent of Phuket City Police Station, is moving immediately off Phuket to a new posting in Phang Nga.

Colonel Chote had been transferred temporarily to Phuket City Police Headquarters in May after a special team of police under the direction of Phuket Police Commander Major General Chonsit Wadhnawarangkun discovered underage workers in the JS2 Pub in Phuket City.

Replacing Colonel Chote immediately at Phuket City Police Station is Colonel Sermphan Sirikong, who was in charge as Superintendent at Kathu Police Station in Patong for just two months.

The new Superintendent at Kathu is Colonel Jirapat Pollchanaphan, who will be in charge from tomorrow. He is from Bangkok.

Most often, police superintendents are appointed for two years. To have two superintendents move unexpectedly is rare.

Major General Chonsit arrived on Phuket from Bangkok as Commander late last year.

The commander's special team was structured earlier this year to look at issues across all of Phuket, regardless of the boundaries drawn by eight local Phuket police stations.

Concern about underage people working in Phuket pubs and entertainment venues heightened in January with an attack by eight staff of the Rassada Pub in Phuket City's Poolpol district in which serious axe and knife wounds were inflicted on a Phuket resort owner-manager, Vorasit ''Wan'' Issara.

Khun Wan was at the pub early in the morning, after official closing hours, with Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner. The incident received worldwide coverage. One of the attackers - the one allegedly wielding the axe - was underage.

Police were under strict instructions across Phuket after that incident to make sure no more minors were found working in nightspots.

Colonel Sermphan, who is moving from Kathu to Phuket City, was in Bangkok today. Notification of the immediate changes was announced today through Region 8 Royal Thai Police Headquarters.

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i wonder why?

Posted by S"N on June 14, 2012 15:34


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