Pattaya Police set up a traffic checkpoint and conducted scenarios to test the officers’ handling of the situation.
The checkpoint was set up around 1 AM today, February 17th, at an intersection behind Phra Tamnak Hill, in the Nongprue sub-district, Bang Lamung district.
Pol. Col. Thanapong Phothi, the new chief of the Pattaya police station, was present at the checkpoint.
Col. Thanapong told The Pattaya News that he had a group of volunteers roleplay as inquisitive teenagers. He then told the group to bombard the checkpoint officers with questions like “Is the checkpoint legal?”, “Do you have the authority to set up this checkpoint?” or “Who gives you the authority?”.
People commonly had these inquiries when they were pulled over at a checkpoint, revealed Col. Thanapong.
According to the police chief, most officers handled the curious teenagers well and were able to answer every question correctly.
Apart from this, the checkpoint was also meant to reduce accidents and deter crime, such as drunk driving.
In response to the fear of police extortion against tourists, the police captain pointed out that every officer at the checkpoint wore “police body cameras” that recorded the officers’ interaction with everyone they pulled over.
People could rest well because the footage in the cameras would be secured in a computer at the police station for at least 20 days to prevent the police’s misconduct, said the police chief.