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Suthin "We believe we will have a higher chance to nab them (during Songkran)."

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During Songkran, CSD policemen who travel to visit their families upcountry are required to look for criminal suspects wanted on arrest warrants in their neighbourhood.

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Songkran spurs CSD to new heights

Wassayos Ngamkham

A picture of people flocking back to their home provinces to celebrate Songkran with their families next week has given the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) a fresh idea to keep the criminals at bay.

CSD officers will be carrying out a new mission named mai chap klap ban, which literally means bringing arrest warrants back home.

During Songkran, CSD policemen who travel to visit their families upcountry are required to look for criminal suspects wanted on arrest warrants in their neighbourhood as part of efforts to clear a mountain of warrants, CSD chief Pol Maj Gen Suthin Subphuang told the Bangkok Post.

Like other travellers, criminal suspects also want to see their loved ones and Songkran might encourage them to leave their hideouts to meet families and friends, the officer said.

In this festival of happiness, "we believe we will have a higher chance to nab them," Pol Maj Gen Suthin said.

It is also a chance for CSD police to show their capabilities.

Police said 177,768 warrants are outstanding around the country from serious crimes to minor offences.

The large number of warrants has caused frustration as cases are often left unsolved.

"Criminal suspects wanted on arrest warrants are likely to recommit crimes," Pol Maj Gen Suthin said.

Eventually the public will bear the brunt of the police workload.

The CSD is not the sole police agency which can carry out the mai chap klap ban mission. Other police units can keep an eye out for suspects wanted on warrants when they return home during the Songkran festival.

However, while officers of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, which oversees Bangkok, are not allowed to ask for days off during the long holidays, it is a vacation time for many CSD officers.

The CSD does not want its officers to overachieve in this mission. They are only required to exercise observations, looking out for suspects travelling to same villages as theirs.

"I don't pin my hopes 100% on this operation," Pol Maj Gen Suthin said.

However, this mission is another opportunity to reduce the number of arrest warrants and, as for some inexperienced police, a chance for them to sharpen their investigation skills, he said.

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Vocabulary:

agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

arrest warrant : a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ

at bay : under control ควบคุมไว้ได้ - ควบคุมไว้ได้

bear the brunt of (idiom): to receive the main force of something unpleasant - ได้รับผลกระทบที่รุนแรง

capability : the ability to do something - ความสามารถ

celebrate : to do something enjoyable in order to show that an occasion or event is special - ฉลอง

crime : an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม

Crime Suppression Division (CSD) : a national police department responsible for conducting most of the technical investigations of criminal offenses - กองบังคับการปราบปราม

criminals (noun): people who have committed a crime, i.e., people who have carried out an illegal activity or action - ผู้ที่ทำผิดกฎหมาย

encourage : to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน

eventually : at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด

exercise : to use - ใช้

festival (noun): an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity - เทศกาล

flock : to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป

fresh : new; made or experienced recently - ใหม่, เมื่อเร็วๆนี้, สดๆ ร้อนๆ

frustration : an annoyed or discouraged feeling because you cannot do or have what you want - ความผิดหวัง, ความไม่พอใจ

hideout : a place where somebody goes when they do not want anyone to find them - สถานที่หลบภัย (โดยเฉพาะกับพวกที่ตำรวจต้องการตัว)

inexperienced : not having much experience doing something - ไม่มีประสบการณ์  (มือใหม่)

investigation : the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง

keep an eye out (idiom): watch - เฝ้าดู

literally : really true; exactly as what was said - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างตามตัวอักษร

Metropolitan Police Bureau (noun): a city police department, the Bangkok city police department - กองบัญชาการตำรวจนครบาล

minor : not important; small; having little influence or effect - เล็กน้อย

mission : an important piece of work that a person or a group of people has been given to do - ภาระกิจ หน้าที่

nab : to catch or arrest a criminal - จับ

neighbourhood (noun): a particular area of a city or town or other area - ละแวก, ย่าน

observation : the process of watching someone or something carefully, in order to find something out - การสังเกต

offences (noun): crimes or illegal activities for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย

opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส

outstanding : not yet paid, done, solved, etc - ค้าง

overachieve : to try too hard to be successful in your work; to do more than expected -

oversee : to watch something in order to check that it works or happens in the way that it should - ตรวจตรา

pin your hopes on (idiom): to rely on somebody/something completely for success or help - ฝากความหวังไว้กับ

sharpen (verb): to become or make something better, more skilful, more effective, etc. than before - ทำให้ดีขึ้น

skills (noun): the ability to do certain things well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ

sole : only - เดี่ยวๆ

spur : to cause something to happen - ก่อให้เกิด 

suspects (noun): people who are thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

the public : people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน

unsolved (adj): of a crime where the criminal has not been found and taken to court -

upcountry : areas outside of the Bangkok area; connected with an area of a country that is not near large towns - ต่างจังหวัด, ที่อยู่ในชนบท, ที่อยู่ห่างไกลจากเมือง

workload : the amount of work that has to be done by a particular person or organisation - ปริมาณงานที่คนหรือเครื่องจักรทำได้ระยะเวลาหนึ่ง

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