Korat cops in hot water over beach break Regional chief orders investigation into use of police van for trip to Cha-am

Korat cops in hot water over beach break  Regional chief orders investigation into use of police van for trip to Cha-am

Pol Lt Gen Panurat Lakboon, head of Provincial Police Region 3, has ordered an investigation into how a police van from Korat ended up at a beach in Phetchaburi. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Senior police officials are trying to find out how a police van and a group of officers from Muang district ended up at a beach in Phetchaburi.

Panurat Lakboon, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 3, ordered the investigation after a video showing men and women in holiday outfits getting out of the police van at Cha-am beach and eating on beach chairs on Friday went viral. Many people who watched it commented that use of an official vehicle appeared inappropriate.

The van belonged to the Phon Krang police station in Muang district of the northeastern province, 425 kilometres from Cha-am.

Pol Lt Gen Panurat said on Saturday that Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Nonwachai, chief of Nakhon Ratchasima police, brought the matter to his attention and he had ordered a fact-finding committee to investigate it.

The result of the investigation should be known in seven days, said the regional chief.

An initial investigation found that police from the station had no official duties in Phetchaburi.

If the investigation showed that some officers attached to the Phon Krang station had used the police van for personal use, they would face disciplinary punishment, said Pol Lt Gen Panurat.

Korat cops in hot water over beach break  Regional chief orders investigation into use of police van for trip to Cha-am

Images from a video show a police van and men looking like police officers at a beach in Cha-am, 425 kilometres away from their station in Nakhon Ratchasima, on Friday. (Images supplied to Prasit Tangprasert)

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