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Thai Police Employs Social Media To Track Down Culprits
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2012/nov/05/thai-police-deploys-social-media-track-down-culpri/
Source Date: Monday, November 05, 2012
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Thailand
Created: Nov 05, 2012

Metropolitan Police Division 4, Thailand has recently launched ‘Smart Police Social Network’ project to encourage police officers to use social networking in their work, and leverage CCTV and IPCAM to improve performance and efficiency.

"I have used LINE and encouraged my subordinates to do so too," said Metropolitan Police Division 4 Commander Major General Naiyawat Padermchit.

LINE is a free communication application famous in Thailand.

Maj Gen Padermchit has eight stations under his jurisdiction and he has encouraged them to adopt the LINE in sharing crime information.

"It would be easier for police to track down culprits," he added.

Maj Gen Padermchit believed that social-networking would become an important channel in communicating and engaging with the citizen, given that a great growing number of people now engage in social network via their smart phones.

Also, police officers from eight police stations will be trained to integrate new technology such as CCTV, IPCAM, and variety of social networking to communicate and conduct real-time crime report directly to the command war room of the Metropolitan Police Division 4 for a more efficiency in making decision on any critical situations.

Hua Mark police station—one of eight police station under Maj Gen Padermchit’s command— started Facebook pilot project in May last year, and received an overwhelming response, said Pol Senior Sgt

Major Sombat Wamahaisri who has been in charge of the station’s Facebook project.

"Our fanpage has more than one-million views and thousands of supporters," he disclosed the popularity of the police’s fanpage given than it has existed for only a little over a year.

Major Wamahaisri said that the Smart Police Social Network project has been inspired greatly from the success of this Facebook fanpage.

Maj Gen Padermchit said this Facebook page had efficiently facilitated communications between police and local people, and allowed the Hua Mark police station to get many useful tip-offs.

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