Police station probed for lack of duty officers at night

Police station probed for lack of duty officers at night

Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang police station has come under fire after reports that no officers were on duty at night. (File photo from Khlong Luang police station Facebook page)
Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang police station has come under fire after reports that no officers were on duty at night. (File photo from Khlong Luang police station Facebook page)

The Pathum Thani police chief has ordered an investigation into a police station in the province after reports that no duty officers were working late at night.

Deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said on Sunday Pol Maj Gen Chayut Marayat, who is responsible for the police force in Pathum Thani province, had assigned a probe into Khlong Luang station in Khlong Luang district after a number of people said they had found no night officers on duty there to take their complaints.

People were seen at the station waiting to file their complaints at 3am on Sunday and an officer arrived at the station in a police vehicle an hour later, according to media reports. District officials took a drug suspect to the station to hand over to police, and when they found no officer on duty, filmed the scene and called the mobile phone number of station chief Termpao Siriphuabarn posted at the station -- only to find that nobody was at the end of the line.

Pol Col Termpao later denied the report, saying there was a non-commissioned officer on duty at night. The officer had some words with the district officials and then walked away after he was told the district officials were shooting a video.

"I told him that you should not have walked away from duty like that," CH7 quoted him as saying.


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