METROPOLITAN Police Bureau is transforming its 88 curfew checkpoints to ones monitoring security and preventing crime now that night curfew has ended with this effective from 11 p.m. last night (June 14), INN News reported this morning.
Pol Maj Gen Nitinan Petchabarom, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told this online news site that the police force will be divided into two units with one manning checkpoints on the key roads to round up offenders who might take the opportunity to annoy or attack other people.
The second units is a fast-moving one which will go check the orderliness in various communities and places where people assemble such as hotels and hostels. The working hours of the two units will overlap for better control.
Even before the phase 4 easing of the lockdown was announced Metropolitan police had started proactively working by going to communities to warn teenagers who enjoy racing on the roads at night that this sort of activity could lead to them getting infected and in turn infecting their families.
Most people cooperated well as can be seen from the number of nighttime arrests having dropped.
Pol Maj Gen Nitinan also said that restaurants which are now allowed by the government to serve alcohol already have their ways to control the situation. Nonetheless the police would continue to monitor to prevent crime and stop the type of mingling that could lead to Covid-19 spreading again especially in Thonglor, Sukhumvit and Bangrak areas where there are lots of restaurants and entertainment establishments.
Top: One of Bangkok’s police checkpoints in Bang Na area. Photo: INN News