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How Do You Become A Tourist Police?

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Hello.

What are the requirements? Can anyone be a tourist police?

What are the advantages of being a tourist police?

Thanx for any informations....

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Be fatherless and have half a brain

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:) Look like just about any one, with what thay have...............................

I love em..

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If you have to ask, you're not qualified.

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What are the advantages of being a tourist police?

you mean the guys hanging in pattaya walking street in uniforms ?

or you mean real Tourist Police officers ?

as for the first ... the only advantage you may get is that you feel more protected ..

but the reality can shift rather quickly .. (see recent storrys about someone even trained them before) [do you really want that?]

as for the secound ... well known, educated, some relation to the country and the force is essential.

there is also another big difference between the 1st and 2nd group ... as the 2nd ones get paid with local currency and pay taxes too :)

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Have to fail or be rejected from Security Guard school.

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I refuse to knock them anymore, but it seems that a requirement is time.

I would not give up my time to be a volunteer policeman in Thailand, I would rather help people in other ways.

But I have to wonder, if some do volunteer for the wrong reasons or have a hidden agenda.

Hopefully future screening of candidates will confirm the applicant's genuine altruism.

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What are the advantages of being a tourist police?

You get to star in pseudo docu-dramas on UK tv

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Notwithstanding the snarky replies, I too am really curious about the question of why somebody would choose to be a TP volunteer. There must be some advantage or satisfaction in the job as it seems like a lot of time and trouble and a lot of crap that these people subject themselves to dealing with.

Is it all about the "under the table" advantages of knowing some "big police"?

Or is it just the power trip of playing cop? (I'm sure true of some, but very hard to believe this one covers them all)

Ir is it the warm glow of satisfaction for helping others? (also hard to believe given the work, but I'm sure true of some)

Or are there some other hidden reasons for devoting so much time and effort into what appears to be a pretty mundane and thankless job?

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Or are there some other hidden reasons for devoting so much time and effort into what appears to be a pretty mundane and thankless job?

Maybe the drinks for free in the bars?

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Well I think its two fold for Howard... likes helping people and well he gets news stories while in the thick of it. :)

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Go and see Howard in Pattaya the ' godfather ' of the tourist police :D . You have to go on 1 year assault course designed by Horward himself. The pass rate is 5 %. Ex Navy seals have been known to fail this course ! Most die within the first week. But if you can surive the year then you are in :) You can patrol the mean streets with Howard ' The Bald Eagle ' Miller. :D

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Or are there some other hidden reasons for devoting so much time and effort into what appears to be a pretty mundane and thankless job?

Maybe the drinks for free in the bars?

That may well be a motivation... I never thought that the volunteers might get freebies from local businesses (I figured this would be reserved for the regular police), but it stands to reason, especially for foreign-operated places. Maybe the job allows somebody who is 'just scraping by' to live a more entertaining lifestyle in LOS.

Pure speculation, but I also wonder if there might be kickbacks from the police on the "fines" that the tpv bring to their doorstep? Of course nobody would ever admit to it (understandably), but this is Thailand, so its certainly possible. That would definitely be a good motivator to go to work every evening, and keep you from just sitting on your butt all night. Again, just speculation, and I'm sure you would never know about this unless you were "in".

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Them "We want you to do Tourist Police in Ranong"

Me "I don't have a work permit or volunteer permit"

Them "You no need, we no pay you. Only Friday, Saturday night"

Me thinking <deleted>, I'm from Yorkshire, we don't do owt for now't. Friday and Saturday nights hmmm "Miaow krap, mai poot passer Thai dee krap."

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Become a Volunteer Tourist Policeman/woman

hel_l no - what on earth for?

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The only people who have bad things to say about the tourist police are people who hang in dirty bars and cant stand seeing themselves reflected in the bad tourist police.

In phuket, a bunch of them help people at immigration and they are wonderfull.

Not pushy, gentle, extremely usefull even if you know your wait around visas.

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^think Howard and his crew do a good job. Can't think of why one would want to do it because its such a thankless job and pain in the arse. However if that's what one wants to do in their free time I suppose its up to the individual.

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..2 of my best friends in LOS are tourist police in Phuket.. stand up guys.. those that are dissing them may not know any well enough, or have had bad experiences..

signed: why overgeneralize?

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Can't think of why one would want to do it because its such a thankless job and pain in the arse.

'Cause if they weren't doing it they'd be organising little residents' commitees, and setting little laws in their moo bahns, and going around making sure everyone's lawn was cut to the regulation height, and their laundry couldn't be seen from the street, and their car was parked exactly 6" from the curb, and all the other sad little self appointed tasks of the common pedantic busy body. You're right about them being a pain in the arse though.

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^what does hanging out in bars have to do with it? :)

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I think, the OP asked about the "farang in uniform" which assist the official TP, when there are problems with farangs.

Correct me if i am wrong.

(How can a farang ever become a real Police member in Thailand?)

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We live in a country where people are closer to domestic animals than human being because of the lack of teachings and structure. People making ridiculous laws in their moobaans are just trying to keep them clean like in the west.

I wonder why you choose to live in a country run by domestic animals, rather than one run by human beings?

Nobody does it in my moo baan and theres rabid dogs, litter on the street, people throw their dog poo in the middle of the street, theres speed racers theres car parked sideways in the middle of the intersections and theres trees that block the views completely so if you wish to turn a corner you cannot ever know if you're gonna get hit by one of the speed racer. Also my moobaan isnt low class, i dont even wanna think what a low class moobaan would look like and i dont want to know whats its gonna look like when it turns 5-10 years old.

Well why not try doing what you would in the west and (politely) confront the dog turd throwers and speed racers? What is it about Thailand that people will put up with neighbours burning rubbish, driving unsafely and generally behaving in an unneighbourly fashion because they're too scared to upset them? And if you think they'll just tell you where to go, then I'd say they'd do the same to some clip board carrying dweeb.

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^what does hanging out in bars have to do with it? :)

He's a lumberjack and he's okay.

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