Suthep to Replace Kamronwit as Top BKK Police Chief

Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit Thoopkrachang at a press conference in 2013 (photo by Matichon).

BANGKOK — The commander of the Royal Thai Police says there is no political pressure behind the departure of Bangkok’s top police chief, Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit Thoopkrachang.

Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit will swap places with  Pol.Lt.Gen. Suthep Detraksa, the chief of Region 5 Provincial Police in Northern Thailand, after the decision recieves official approval in a meeting set for Friday. 

According to Pol.Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, chief of the Royal Thai Police, the reassignment was due to recent shifts and resignations among top police chiefs that required Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit to fill the top job up North.

Pol.Gen. Adul dismissed speculation that politics are behind Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit's reassignment.

As the commander of Bangkok’s Metropolitian police force, Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit was responsible for containing the anti-government protests organised by the People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).

In late 2012 he raised the ire of many anti-government critics by hanging a photo in his office that shows him receiving a rank decoration from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, along with the caption "I am here today because of you, brother."



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