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Wanted: Patong police volunteers, foreign language required

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Wanted: Patong police volunteers, foreign language required

By The Phuket News

 

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The notice calling for applicants, now posted at Patong Police Station, does not ask for international language skills. Photo: Supplied

 

PHUKET: Patong Police are now accepting applications for the new contingent of volunteers to assist police officers in communicating with tourists, and are seeking people with international language skills despite the public notice calling for applicants omitting that fact.

 

The notice calling for applicants, now posted at Patong Police Station (see in full below), asks applicants to be conversant in Thai language only.

 

However, Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee confirmed to The Phuket News this morning (Sept 10), “We want people who have a good heart to serve people and tourists. This announcement calls for applicants. We are open to applications today (Sept 10), for Thais and foreigners.


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/wanted-patong-police-volunteers-foreign-language-required-68573.php#dIS3yvzTa34wVoDV.99 

 
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“I don’t want tourists and other people to confuse them with police. The uniform will look different.” he said.
 

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Are there any benefits from being a police volunteer? 

 

It's kind of funny that they put 45 years age limit for the positions. I would assume that some pensioners would like to fill their time with this kind of volunteering.

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In order to avoid exploitation of tourists from operators in the area. 
:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

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I have a lot of respect for someone willing to give back to their community in such a support role. 

 

That said, there is such a back-lash against Police Volunteers amongst the ex-pat and foreigner community who in general for some unexplained reason can only see those who undertake such roles as seeking some form of power, that the position would become so thankless only the most giving of characters would entertain the idea....

 

Either that, or it is a role sought out by power hungry expats, in which case I hope they get weeded out. 

 

But for the time being, I see most of the reports involving Police Volunteers to be positive, I see most of the comments on ThaiVisa.com regarding these Police Volunteers to be ridiculing, bitter and highly bias against them... unfairly so in my opinion and perhaps more telling of those dishing out the negative opinions in the first place. 

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"With the Royal Thai Police the policy to promote knowledge to understand tourists. To know about the legal knowledge. The case of being charged with a criminal offense. He is a victim of a criminal case and is constantly giving advice.

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any questions? The good news is, it passed the spell check.

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My general sense of these programs is they are good, but prone to Mission Creep and poor management; moreso with a 3rd/Developing World police force where the leadership and management acumen isn't high to begin with, corruption, etc.  

 

Hats off to volunteers who maintain perspective and do it well, and to RTP station chiefs who manage things properly.

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I've spoken to the tourist police in different provinces about their foreign volunteers, and also the volunteers. They didn't want to recruit foreigners, they were just following orders from Bangkok. 

The ones in my province can't even speak Thai. If they could, they wouldn't take the job.

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Amazing Thailand ...yep...quite an AMAZING ASK.

 

With all those requirements, not over the age of 45 and having just Booted-out the previous batch of, presumably Dedicated, Long Serving  and Qualified VOLUNTEERS,  this fellow has rather high hopes!

 

One supposes he’ll wave his Magic Wand and get WORK PERMITS for them, assuming he finds any folks under 45, who have time on their hands and an inclination to invest it in volunteering for a job, that just saw their predecessors, rather unceremoniously  dumped from.  

 

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There is a farang who works with cops in CM, wears a full Thai uniform too.... I remember a swedish cop who worked Nana Plaza for years...... Doing what god only knows, he used to freeze when he saw me as I knew who he was............... errr metaphorically .... I would have never frequented nana for drug fuelled 3sums in my younger days

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