A training program to establish a network against international crimes and insurgencies was held on Monday August 4th 2014 at the Phuket Garden Hotel in Phuket Town. PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising opened the event, and was accompanied by Deputy Director of Phuket Internal Security Operations Command – Krisada Ratanasupa, Head of ISOC Policy Division – Arun Sing-in, Phuket Provincial Chief Administrator – Seree Panichakul, Phuket City Deputy Commander – Peerayuth Karajedi, and guests.
Organized by ISOC Phuket, the program was attended by 120 individuals hailing from communities and government agencies who have all attended similar programs previously run by ISOC. The training program aims to educate community leaders and members of the public to understand the nature of various forms of crimes and insurgencies that threaten the security of the nation. It will also train them to be alert to prospective offenders and well prepared to act as a support system to security personnel. The training also provides a space for participants to exchange views and experiences and forge good working relationships between government agencies and community members.
Mr Paiboon urged participants to do their best to support the work of security officers as he is concerned that security forces alone are not enough to deal with a large number of foreigners entering Thailand, some with ill intentions. Apart from insurgencies plaguing the deep south, international crimes involving fakes credit cards and passports and skimming of ATM machines are serious problems faced by Thailand especially at tourist destinations, said Mr Paiboon.