Police, City Hall hash out safety measures for meet

Police, City Hall hash out safety measures for meet

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) discussed safety measures yesterday for Apec 2022 this month, after a request by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

The talks between Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt and National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas at the RTP office focused on drug and traffic measures to ensure Apec leaders' safety.

Pol Gen Damrongsak cited three urgent agenda items: CCTV installation, traffic management, and active shooter prevention.

Mr Chadchart said City Hall plans to install more CCTV cameras around the Apec leaders' transportation routes while arranging security training for municipal officials and street vendors.

He said the BMA will use statistics from the Road Safety Operation Center and AI technology to prevent road accidents and improve damaged roads and traffic signs where needed. The BMA will have more discussions with the RTP later, he added.

Pol Gen Damrongsak said that to prevent shootings, the RTP will arrange a safety training course covering crowd surges and shooting situations in every school in the capital.

Mr Chadchart also suggested the RTP teach students about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

According to Pol Gen Damrongsak, the other joint efforts discussed included the Smart Safety Zone Project, the Drug Prevention Project, the Traffic Management Project, and the Arson Zoning Project.

"Our prime minister expressed concern about Apec leaders' safety. People can call officers about safety issues on the 191 and 1599 hotlines," said Pol Gen Damrongsak.

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