The following is a message sent to us by the Pattaya City Police Chief that he wanted to pass on to the entire Pattaya English speaking community. Here it is unedited:
The COVID 19 crisis has resulted in the loss of jobs, many businesses are forced to shut down, street vendors are not able to make sales, people making living on daily income are not able to make ends meet but still have to be responsible for debts and interest still mounts, family still have expenses and need to be fed. Almost every aspect of society is effected.
At the time when people are in need in a never ending winding road, everyone walks around being masked and most of police officers are assigned to do virus checks on road blocks 24 hours. This is a risky time for crimes.
Recently, there is rise in crimes of robbery in banks, gold smiths and convenience stores by criminals using violence and war weapons. Most importantly, these crimes are fast approaching Pattaya City and close to the area of my juristic responsibility.
Me…….the superintendent of Pattaya City Police Station, as the chief of police of this city, I cannot allow the people of my city become the victims of such crimes and add on to their suffering in these difficult times.
No matter how risky or tired we are, all police officers of Pattaya City Police Station will sacrifice and devote ourselves to the safety of the people of Pattaya city in protecting their lives and properties including the harmony of the city until the city is back to normality and back to the world class tourism destination it once was again. Pattaya will be prosperous once again, we will make it happen together! Make Pattaya Great Again.
Pol Col Khemmarin Pissamai, March 29, 2020