On 1st October 2012 at Phuket Police Command Office, Pol.Maj.Gen. Chot Chawalwiwat – the new head of Phuket Police Division held a press conference together with Phuket Police Deputy Commander. The main emphasis of the conference was on police discipline, maintaining the safety of tourist and the suppression of serious drug problems.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Chot said “This press conference is being held to prepare Phuket’s police to ensure the safety of travelers, Phuket people and their property. Phuket is about to enter its high season, and the police must have information about all of Phuket’s tourist establishments. This should include information from public officials who may have information which can help with police plans. Security measures are of very high importance now too.”
He added “To ensure the safety of tourist, each police station will need to determine their own areas and make sure that the zones are safe and measure that they use to make sure they are safe are effective. I will continue to roll out the Safety Zone project to other areas and in the meantime I ask for cooperation from the public, voluntary police and relevant agencies as there are currently not enough officers in Phuket.”