General Torsak Sukvimol Appointed as New Top Cop in Thailand

Thailand –

Police General Torsak Sukvimol has officially been appointed as the 14th Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police.

A meeting was held on Wednesday (September 27th) and was chaired by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the Thai police commission. They officially selected Police General Torsak Sukvimol as the 14th Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police (RTP).

General Torsak was a deputy police commissioner and is now 59 years old. He will serve his new duty as the Commissioner-General for only one year as he is set to retire next year at the age of 60.

Police General Torsak was one of four candidates which included the Deputy Commissioner General Police General Surachate Hakparn. However General Surachate did not join in the meeting and took personal leave after having been in the news for several days regarding a police raid on his own residence. (see below)

Some politicians and netizens have asked the Prime Minister for a detailed explanation of why Torsak was chosen, who was the least senior candidate in terms of police experience, of the four, but one was not immediately forthcoming.

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On September 25th, 2023, Pol. Lt. Gen. Voravat Watnakhonbancha, Commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), made a revelation following the search of the residence of Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.