The superintendent of Tha Uthane police station in Nakhon Phanom province has been transferred to police headquarters in Bangkok with immediate effect for running a dirty and inefficient police station.
National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew on Oct 23 ordered Pol Col Worapong Nanthaluck, chief of Tha Uthane police station, to work in Bangkok after his station failed to pass an evaluation visit.
Pol Gen Adul found the station was dirty, and had not been maintained properly, with paint on the building in a particularly bad state. The superintendent was also unable to provide the national police chief with a crime report for the station's jurisdiction, and did not have a microphone for Pol Gen Adul to use during an address to officers at the station.
The province’s chief police will be responsible for finding a suitable new superintendent for Tha Uthane station.
Pol Gen Adul also visited two other stations in the northeastern provinces - Phupan station in Sakon Nakhon and Na Kae station in Nakhon Panom. Both stations passed their evaluations.
Pol col Worapong is the third senior policeman to be transferred for running an unclean station this month. Last week Pol Col Phaipana Petchyen, chief of Sadao police station in Songkhla was moved to an inactive position in the province. On Oct 8, Pol Col Sanan Boonphuen, superintendent of Muang police station in Chachoengsao was also transferred to police headquarters in Bangkok.
Pol Gen Adul made clear when he took the top position a year ago that he would crack down on the cleanliness of stations, since they are the place where members of the public first make contact with the force.