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Strong police presence in Pattaya takes care of the security of the tourists. Here is information about Pattaya police and their tourist police offices.

Police in Pattaya

Most tourists in Pattaya encounter no problems at all regarding safety. Strong police presence in Pattaya negates any major safety threat.

Police Behaviour
Thai police are usually professional, respectful and courteous. This is linked to the Thai way of settling disputes peacefully and mutually honorably. The police personnel are told to be extra careful while dealing with the foreigners. Most policemen are mindful of these directions when they have to talk to the foreigners. They are polite and try to reach to the root of the problems.

Efficiency
Generally the Thai police do not abuse their policy. When anything occurs, the policemen, most of the time, are quick to respond. Although there are some occasional 'snatch and run' and pick-pocketing cases, these should be treated as aberration and not a rule. Most policemen are careful about their duty although there are some bad cops too as everywhere.

Tourist Police
Thai Government has brought up an exclusive branch of the police force for tourists called Tourist Police. However, the tourist police are available Sathorn-Silom and central Sukhumvit areas. Their helpline number is 1155. Elsewhere, you can approach general police for help, on emergency numbers 191 or 123.

Few Tips
  • Thai Police don't like hotheads. They deal with such persons by a decisive and swift display of force. So you better keep your cool.
  • Try to deal the conflicts in as cool and reasonable way as possible.
  • In case you have an accident, do not flee the scene or else you may be presumed guilty.
  • Sometimes, the tourist police could be better recourse than the regular police.
Tourist Police Offices

Head office
TPI Tower
25/26 Liab Khong Rd., Chong Nonsi Junction
New Chan Rd.
Thung Mahamek
Sathorn
Tel: 678-6800

Major Branch
4 Rajdamnon Rd.
near Rajdamnon Boxing Stadium
Tel: 1155