On March 5th, 2010, at Sintawee Phuket Hotel, Smith Palwatwichai, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over the Citizens News Network and Development Training. The related officers who led the training were Wiroj Suwannawong, Head of Phuket Special Operations Unit, Pol.Col. Dhammanun Faichu, the commander of Thalang Police Station, Suthee Sitianan, the Deputy Head of Phuket Special Operations Unit, and community development volunteers.
Wiroj said that in 2008 – 2009, Phuket had trained volunteers to be part of the news network and inform on suspicious events in their area, to the province’s officers in violence and drugs prevention. This training has been held under the news network development policy of the Ministry of Interior to enhance the cooperation between the government officers and Thai citizens in news network movements from 2008 – 2011 by focusing on suspicious situations informed by local residents and administrative organizations.