Thailand Receives U.S. Patrol Boats to Boost River Police Operations


BANGKOK (NNT) – In a bid to strengthen cross-border crime control and law enforcement along the Mekong River, twelve patrol boats have been donated to the Thai River Police by a foreign entity in Nong Khai province.

The Northeastern province of Nong Khai witnessed the handover of twelve patrol boats from the United States to the Thai River Police, aiming to bolster effectiveness in combating cross-border crime and intensifying illegal trade monitoring along the Mekong River.

The twelve boats, with a ceremony presided over by Robert F. Godec, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, are valued at over 75 million baht, and are funded as part of the support from the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). These boats are specially designed to navigate shallow waters, making them suitable for patrol operations along the fast-flowing and winding Mekong River, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of transnational crime control along the river.

Furthermore, twenty-four river police personnel were trained by the U.S. Shore Patrol and the INL division of the U.S. Embassy between the 16th and 26th of October. The training encompassed small boat operations and boarding operations to apprehend suspects. These patrol boats will play a vital role in supporting law enforcement and security operations in Thai waters, particularly in border and waterway areas where transnational criminal networks operate covertly.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

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.