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    Police Stop & Searches Around Sukhumvit On The Rise

    Police Stop & Searches Around Sukhumvit On The Rise
    Published by Stickboy BKK on December 1st, 2014

    Over the past few days reporting on police doing random stop / searches on tourists and expats in and around the Sukhumvit / Asoke area have exploded. The latest trend, in what has been a long running problem, seems to have went into overdrive over the past week if all reports are accurate.

    A first hand account from two Europeans and insight from an eyewitness have appeared in the letters section of the Bangkok Post, Stickman mentions readers and businesses close to Soi Cowboy are reporting to him on what seems like a daily basis that cops have upped the ante. A Bangkok blog also ran a story sharing similar stories in a very exaggerated fashion so no link but take away their sensationalist version of events and it paints the same picture of what others are saying.



    Cops have been pulling this stunt for the past few years on Soi 22 and along Sukhumvit between 22 and Asoke during the day then at the corner of the Suk / Asoke intersection late at night as a traffic stop plus further down Asoke in a sub soi. It was said by the police that these daytime stop and searches were carried out to catch drug mules moving a stash and this was a common route. The night time checks were to catch anyone in possession of drugs.

    So what has changed in the past week or so?

    Firstly reports of pee testing are through the roof. People have been asked to provide samples in filling station toilets and at the side of the road. Random pee testing stories were few and far between in the past but not now.

    Threats of fines for those without their passport are now a common complaint too. Also the targets seem to be anyone whereas before it seemed more aimed at expats so far as searches during the day went.

    And the net has widened too as police officers appear to have teamed up with the tessakit (city officials famed for their 2,000 baht litter fines) further up Sukhumvit beyond Terminal 21 with stop / searches taking place around the mouth of soi 15.

    Due to the negative publicity surrounding this new wave of “harassment” I don’t expect it to last long and some excuse will be made that officers misinterpreted instructions from above.

    I should point out that these incidents are specific to this one small location in Bangkok and are NOT reported to be taking place at other areas popular with tourists.

    I have been stopped at both traffic checkpoints I mentioned above and found the officers conducting them to be polite and professional. The first at Asoke intersection was about 18 months ago and other than sniffing my cigarettes and emptying my pockets the cop sent me on my way in under 60 seconds. The stop and search in the sub soi further down Asoke was a bigger operation with about 8 officers. This happened in May this year and all four of us in the taxi, including two Thais, were searched. The Thais had to provide ID too, me and my son didn’t. Again, we weren’t there for any longer than a minute or two.

    Police Stop & Searches Around Sukhumvit / Asoke On The Rise
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    Holly fok,

    There goes Thegents sausages.

    Boys in Brown will be having a cracking BBQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    Police Stop & Searches Around Sukhumvit On The Rise
    Absolute bollocks.

    Wee nipper gets caught out by a random check point and shits imself sreaming panic.

    Keep Calm
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    Thailandís fake police

    With authentic accessories and uniforms easily available in shops, itís no wonder the boys in grey are copied

    Maxmilian Wechsler investigates police imposters, speeding cars with unauthorized emergency lights flashing - and foreigners hassled on the street by the real police





    POLICE imposters are unfortunately a common feature of Thailandís crime scene.

    Theyíre involved in an assortment of crimes from drug trafficking, blackmail to extortion, fraud and rape Ė and the victims may be Thais or foreigners. To instantly pass as a police officer is remarkably easy. You can purchase various authentic police accessories without hassle or much expense from shops and stalls in Bangkok and upcountry, and at places where the real police shop as well.

    These accessories include articles of clothing like jackets, caps, T-shirts and other items with embroidered or printed emblems or logos of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), Crime Suppression Division (CSD), Metropolitan Police Bureau, Immigration Bureau and other police agencies.

    Any person, Thai and foreign, can also buy authentic police emblems, insignias or logos of different sizes made from fabric, plastic or paper stickers that can be attached on clothes, cars, motorcycles or practically anything. These stickers can be bought for 10 to 20 baht each from vendors pushing carts
    on Bangkok streets.

    READ MORE: Thailand?s fake police - The BigChilli

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    Thailand’s fake police




    Watch out for the fat white cvnt on the left


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    There's a shop directly opposite the Immigration office on Soi Suan Phlu that sells all the gear.... to anyone

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    Funny how all the wai merchants are out protesting that the glorious thai police would be involved in the shaking down of farangs! How dare anyone say that this is going on, and that this activity increases when one district head of police is about to move to a new patch and wants to wring every last setang he can out of the farangs before he moves to pay for his bribe to get his new more lucrative job.

    Fooking fairies - noshing thais so much. These "cops" are corrupt scum and they all are always looking for a way to extort ever increasing amounts of cash from farangs with complete impunity and always on command of their superiors.

    This increase has been reported has it not in the Bangkok Post recently?
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Racist, Corrupt, Fascist Behaviour ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Funny how all the wai merchants are out protesting that the glorious thai police would be involved in the shaking down of farangs! How dare anyone say that this is going on, and that this activity increases when one district head of police is about to move to a new patch and wants to wring every last setang he can out of the farangs before he moves to pay for his bribe to get his new more lucrative job.

    Fooking fairies - noshing thais so much. These "cops" are corrupt scum and they all are always looking for a way to extort ever increasing amounts of cash from farangs with complete impunity and always on command of their superiors.

    This increase has been reported has it not in the Bangkok Post recently?

    Perhaps they're just reflective of their superiors, lords, and masters - which has been going on since memory.

    Seems as everyone's surprised by these ongoing developments.
    Nothing will change until there is change at the top.

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    Thailand is fascinating really in this respect. Seeing as all the police do here is extort money from regular folk, run crime rackets themselves or/and do nothing whatsoever that resembles helping or securing the public - Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.

    To be fair - you can't say it's all of them, but you can definately say it's most, and that the rot starts at the top.

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    funny how this breaking 'news' is reported by a blog.

    stickboy ?

    hmmm.

    click bait ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Funny how all the wai merchants are out protesting that the glorious thai police would be involved in the shaking down of farangs! How dare anyone say that this is going on, and that this activity increases when one district head of police is about to move to a new patch and wants to wring every last setang he can out of the farangs before he moves to pay for his bribe to get his new more lucrative job.

    Fooking fairies - noshing thais so much. These "cops" are corrupt scum and they all are always looking for a way to extort ever increasing amounts of cash from farangs with complete impunity and always on command of their superiors.

    This increase has been reported has it not in the Bangkok Post recently?
    No use sugar coating it Pseudo, but I do agree with you 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Napalm View Post
    Thailand is fascinating really in this respect. Seeing as all the police do here is extort money from regular folk, run crime rackets themselves or/and do nothing whatsoever that resembles helping or securing the public - Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.

    To be fair - you can't say it's all of them, but you can definately say it's most, and that the rot starts at the top.
    Have to agree with you as well NP. Very similar to many other countrys, same same but different. I do not think it is fixable in those countries either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Napalm View Post
    Thailand is fascinating really in this respect. Seeing as all the police do here is extort money from regular folk, run crime rackets themselves or/and do nothing whatsoever that resembles helping or securing the public - Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.

    To be fair - you can't say it's all of them, but you can definately say it's most, and that the rot starts at the top.
    Without researching but I remember a poster here on TD a while back explaining that the Thai Police force originated as a force to protect the Royal family and grew from that.
    If that is their origin it might explain the attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Napalm View Post
    Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.
    You won't think that when you actually need them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Without researching but I remember a poster here on TD a while back explaining that the Thai Police force originated as a force to protect the Royal family and grew from that.
    If that is their origin it might explain the attitude.
    I think you will find that is the Army.

    However you can trace all police forces back to "A group formed to protect citizens with stuff from people who would like to steal their stuff."

    This may not include Gendarme-like police forces like say the RCMP who trace their routes back to paramilitary as in the case of the RCMP who were originally the North West Mounted Police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Napalm
    Thailand is fascinating really in this respect. Seeing as all the police do here is extort money from regular folk, run crime rackets themselves or/and do nothing whatsoever that resembles helping or securing the public - Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.
    Actually I had dealings with the Police last weekend that would suggest very different. I'm not blinded by it, and know exactly what went on, but I was a victim, the perp was caught and items returned without any request for a 'tip'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    but I was a victim, the perp was caught and items returned without any request for a 'tip'.
    I had a similar experience from the Lumpini police that station themselves outside Nana. Found the guilty party, made her pay up, and then returned money to me a few hours later.

    Just doing their jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    Without researching but I remember a poster here on TD a while back explaining that the Thai Police force originated as a force to protect the Royal family and grew from that. If that is their origin it might explain the attitude.
    Whatever the origins, they are mostly a useless and corrupt institution.
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    You won't think that when you actually need them.
    In 40 years I've had nothing but grief from police worldwide - I'd wager many folk feel the same.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    Actually I had dealings with the Police last weekend that would suggest very different. I'm not blinded by it, and know exactly what went on, but I was a victim, the perp was caught and items returned without any request for a 'tip'.
    Sure, there are good cops out there, but they're outnumbered massively by power hungry tin pot kings who do nothing but fvck up people's days.

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    Reading more and more of these "targetings" by the Thong Lo Police District on almost every thai related forum out on the inter-web, even the thai language only one Pantip, and being curious, yesterday I went down to that area to see if I could be "targeted".

    I went to the Emporium, came out and spotted the two groups of Police on either side of the Sukhumvit with little effort. I then proceeded to walk up and down the sidewalk acting like I was lost. I even mimed looking at my Google maps program, and feigned a call to someone like I was lost..

    Alas, even though the police certainly saw me wandering around, they wouldn't stop me, question me or even glance my way.

    I used the crossover, did the exact same thing to the Police on the north side of the Sukhumvit and again the same results.. They wouldn't "target me"..

    This leads me to believe either you guys are shit unlucky or you're walkin' around lookin' like a bunch of pussys waiting to be extorted.

    I'll try it again, at nite and see if there's any difference...

    I have to say it appears to be much ado about nothing...

    Either that or I am just too down right intimidating for them to bother with !
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels
    Either that or I am just too down right intimidating for them to bother with
    it will be the kiss tshirt - they are probably worried about having to deal with a mentally unstable falang

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    My last trip (Oct2014) i am walking along Sukhumvit near soi 5, there is a police officer sat at what looks like a card table. He opens a briefcase and out flies some papers, i picked a couple up and handed them to him, a smile recived and i continued on my way. Not 100 mtrs down the road i am stopped by another policeman who says i just trew a cigarette butt in the road, i denied this, he grabs me by the elbow and leads me back towards soi 5. There sits the officer, who looks at me, looks at the arresting BiB, smiles at me almost a mini wai and sends me on my way.
    I would add i havent had a cigarette for 6 months and was not in possesion of any either. If you are not a frequent visitor to Thailand incidents like this are quite offputting and stay with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Napalm View Post
    Thailand is fascinating really in this respect. Seeing as all the police do here is extort money from regular folk, run crime rackets themselves or/and do nothing whatsoever that resembles helping or securing the public - Thailand indeed doesn't actually have a police force.

    To be fair - you can't say it's all of them, but you can definately say it's most, and that the rot starts at the top.
    Without researching but I remember a poster here on TD a while back explaining that the Thai Police force originated as a force to protect the Royal family and grew from that.
    If that is their origin it might explain the attitude.
    Technically, that is how almost all police forces [worldwide] have their origins historically - the singular existence to protect hierarchies and elites......as it is the basic of extensions today. Protecting the cause of establishment/convention.

    Nothing has changed much.

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