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Officers demoted for turning a blind eye to gambling venues

Officers demoted for turning a blind eye to gambling venues

Five police officers were demoted for turning a blind eye to allow gambling venues to operate in their areas of jurisdiction.

Those officers were from Khu Kot Police Station in Pathum Thani and Bang Sao Thong Police Station in Samut Prakan, where officers busted two large gambling operations and made dozens of arrests.

The officers were demoted due to their “recklessness” and ordered to transfer to the positions at the Provincial Police Region 1.

On Saturday, the Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 1, Jiraphat Phumjit, shared that there were two gambling venues raided Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.

More than 80 alleged gamblers were arrested.

Officers also seized gambling equipment and more than 160,000 baht. Besides breaking the gambling law, the case also violates Covid-19 prevention measures that prohibit large gatherings.

In a further investigation, authorities found that a number of senior officers acted “recklessly” and allowed the venues to operate.

The five demoted officers include a superintendent, deputy superintendent, suppression inspector, and investigation inspector.

Those will be moved to work closely under the watch of superior officers at the Provincial Police Region 1 until further notice.

SOURCES: Sanook | Khaosod

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