Ranking police officials stationed under the Phuket City Police and Thalang Police are facing an inquiry over accusations that they tolerated the operations of illegal gambling dens, which were later raided by provincial authorities.
Col Krissana Phattanacharoen, the deputy spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, stated that the provincial authorities conducted a raid on two gambling dens located in Phuket Town, and Srisoonthorn on Tuesday, nabbing 87 individuals for illegal gambling.
Following the arrests, the Phuket Provincial Police Chief, Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri, immediately ordered the transference of five high-ranking officers from Phuket City Police and Thalang Police to the Phuket Provincial Police Station, to question how the gambling dens operated under their watch.
An investigation by the authorities will also be conducted.
The police spokesperson said:
“Gen Rungrote has also set up a team of officers to investigate the work of those police about the two gambling venues. If it is found that there is fault by the relevant officers, they will be prosecuted strictly according to the regulations.”
Thai National Police Chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, sternly reminded police officials throughout the country to stay vigilant and suppress crime.
Police General Chaijinda said:
“Do not ignore gambling, narcotics, human trafficking as well as wrongdoing under the Emergency Decree. Do not get involved in personal benefits. Police commanders must closely take care of their subordinates during both their on-duty and off-duty time.”
The police spokesperson added credence:
“As written in the Police Order no. 1212/2537, if any police action is found to be unlawful or corrupt, the officers must be prosecuted under the law and regulations strictly, without any exception.”
The ranks held by the suspected police officials are Commander, Deputy Commander of Crime Suppression, Deputy Commander of Investigation, Inspector General, and Inquiry Inspector.
Source: The Phuket News