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Police officers are prohibited from being involved either directly or indirectly in alcohol and night-entertainment businesses, police deputy spokesman Krisana Pattanacharoen confirmed on Monday.
At the order of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief, police had recently begun strict checks on night entertainment venues, especially booze-selling venues near educational institutes/schools.
The order also requires that police refrain from any involvement with such businesses, Krisana said.
The authorities have detailed knowledge of these businesses in each police jurisdictions, so any officers ignoring the regulations would face punishments as per policing regulation number 234/2558, he added.
Krisana’s comment was in response to people’s criticism about some police having interests, including holding shares, in night-entertainment businesses.