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    13 June 1956
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Royal Thai Police


Headed by a Commissioner General, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) is under the direct command of the Prime Minister. With a strength of about 230,000 officers, RTP’s main functions are to:

  • Provide security to His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen, the Heirs to the Throne, members of the Royal Family, the Regent, Royal Representatives, and Royal Guests;
  • Direct and supervise the operation of all police officers to ensure quality service and compliance with the laws;
  • Prevent and suppress crime;
  • Maintain public order and national security;
  • Assist the public;
  • Perform other activities stipulated by Thai law;
  • Carry out law enforcement activities as assigned by the Prime Minister in support of national development.

Headquartered in Bangkok, the RTP is divided into six broad groups:

1. Special Operations:

  • Office of Royal Court Security Police;

2. Crime Prevention and Suppression:

  • Metropolitan Police Bureau;
  • Provincial Police Regions;
  • Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Center;

3. Crime Prevention and Suppression Support;

  • Central Investigation Bureau;
  • Narcotics Suppression Bureau;
  • Special Branch Bureau;
  • Immigration Bureau;
  • Border Patrol Police Bureau;
  • Office of Forensic Science;
  • Office of Information and Communication Technology;

4. Education:

  • Police Education Bureau;
  • Royal Police Cadet Academy;

5. Services:

  • Police General Hospital;

6. Command and General Staff:

  • Office of Police Strategy;
  • Office of Logistics;
  • Office of Human Resources;
  • Office of Budget and Finance;
  • Office of Legal Affairs and Litigation;
  • Office of Police Commission;
  • Office of Inspector General;
  • Office of Internal Audit;
  • Office of Police Secretary;
  • Foreign Affairs Division;
  • Public Affairs Division;
  • Office of National Police Policy Board;
  • Police Aviation Division;
  • Disciplinary Division. 


The INTERPOL National Centre Bureau (NCB) for Thailand is part of the Foreign Affairs Division (FAD). The FAD Commander is also the Head of INTERPOL Bangkok, which is made up of three sub-divisions responsible for specific regions:

  • INTERPOL and Coordination Sub-Division (Region 1): Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam;
  • INTERPOL and Coordination Sub-Division (Region 2): North America, South America, East Asia, and Oceania;
  • INTERPOL and Coordination Sub-Division (Region 3): Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.


  • Work with the INTERPOL General Secretariat, INTERPOL member countries, Embassies in Thailand and other domestic and international government agencies on criminal matters;
  • Support and assist crime-suppression agencies;
  • Work with relevant domestic crime-fighting agencies on extradition and mutual assistance;
  • Cooperate with the Department of Correction and similar agencies on prisoner transfers;
  • Provide assistance to foreigners in liaison with national law enforcement agencies;
  • Assist fellow INTERPOL member countries in law enforcement–related activities.

Crime priorities:

  • Trafficking in persons and people smuggling;
  • Child exploitation;
  • Drug trafficking;
  • Cybercrime;
  • Economic crime;
  • Terrorism;
  • Arms smuggling;
  • Intellectual property crime.
INTERPOL Bangkok in action
12 June 2017

INTERPOL training helps countries tackle illicit online wildlife trade

SINGAPORE – A new INTERPOL training course will equip law enforcement officers with the necessary skills to combat the increasing illegal wildlife trade via online platforms.With the sale of illicit animal parts and products on the Internet adding to the global, complex challenge in combating these crimes, the practical Cyber Wildlife Crime Investigations...
30 May 2017

New drug trafficking routes and smuggling methods identified in INTERPOL-led operation

SINGAPORE – An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting drug trafficking across Asia and the Pacific has identified emerging smuggling routes and concealment methods.Operation Lionfish – ASEAN, which involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials across 14 countries, revealed a network of West African and Asian organized crime groups behind traffic...
28 April 2017

Tackling match-fixing focus of INTERPOL and IOC meetings in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand - Meeting the challenges posed by competition manipulation and other threats to the integrity of sport was the focus of a joint International Olympic Committee (IOC) and INTERPOL workshop and of a separate meeting of the INTERPOL Match Fixing Task Force (IMFTF).   Bringing together more than 70 participants from law enforcement, th...
23 March 2017

INTERPOL training on fake document detection to boost security in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand – Detecting fake or fraudulent travel documents to enhance border security is the focus of an INTERPOL training course in Thailand.The three-day (22-24 March) course aims to equip law enforcement officers from the region with the skills to keep their countries safe by identifying individuals attempting to travel using forged documents.Pa...
21 March 2017

International Day of Forests: INTERPOL's global role in environmental security

LYON, France - The International Day of Forests every 21 March is a reminder of the role of law enforcement worldwide in tackling forestry crimes which include corruption, money laundering, illegal logging and timber trafficking.Through its Project Leaf, INTERPOL's Environmental Security programme mobilizes decision makers, stakeholders and governments to...
06 March 2017

Securing borders across ASEAN focus of INTERPOL training in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar ‒ Strengthening border security across Southeast Asia to address transnational crimes such as human trafficking and people smuggling was the focus of an INTERPOL training course held within the framework of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme.Hosted by the Myanmar Police Force, the six-day (27 February - 4 March) integra...
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
04 November 2016

INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme spotlights border security

BANGKOK, Thailand – Enhancing border security across Southeast Asia was the focus of an INTERPOL training course held under the framework of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.Hosted by the Royal Thai Police, the nine-day (25 October – 3 November) train-the-trainer course on integrated border management aimed to build the capacity o...
08 August 2016

INTERPOL and Thai Police chiefs meet on cooperation

BANGKOK, Thailand – International law enforcement cooperation was the focus of a meeting between INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock and the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai police, Police General Chakthip Chaichinda.During his visit to Bangkok, Secretary General Stock visited INTERPOL’s Liaison Office for Asia and the South Pacific, as well as...
21 December 2015

Falsified and illicit medicines worth USD 7 million seized across Asia in INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – Falsified and illicit medicines worth an estimated USD 7 million were seized across Asia in an INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat pharmaceutical crime in the region.Involving 13 Asian countries, Operation Storm VI saw the arrest of 87 individuals and the investigation of nearly 500 pharmacies and markets, as well as some 100 illicit o...
17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

HANOI, Vietnam - Developing practical knowledge and skills to enhance border security was the focus of the first operational training course provided by INTERPOL under the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.The six-day course saw 22 participants from nine ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries trained in a range of ski...
20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Enhancing border management and security across Southeast Asia is the focus of a new three-year European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) programme led by INTERPOL.The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II, funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL, is aimed at improving connectivity thr...
28 July 2015

New equipment boosts Royal Thai Police investigative capacity

BANGKOK, Thailand – To strengthen the capacity of the Royal Thai Police to more effectively prevent and investigate people smuggling activities, INTERPOL has provided new police technology and equipment to its Crime Suppression Division.The equipment – including infrared binoculars, cameras, GPS systems and bullet-proof equipment – will assist the Royal T...
25 June 2014

Investigating and preventing chemical and explosives terrorism focus of INTERPOL conference in Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand – Representatives of law enforcement, government, customs and chemical industries from Southeast Asia attended an INTERPOL conference in Thailand to boost collective chemical and explosives terrorism prevention, response and investigation capacity and improve regional preparedness.Organized by INTERPOL’s Chemical and Explosives (ChemEx) T...
05 March 2014

International collaboration via INTERPOL leads to arrest in Thailand of fugitive rapist

LYON, France – A Slovak national wanted for rape has been arrested in Thailand following close collaboration between INTERPOL and its National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Bratislava and Bangkok.Jozef Polonec is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued at the request of Slovakia when he fled the country after he wa...
30 July 2013

Improvised Explosive Device components seized at Thai border during INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – More than 70 kg of sodium chlorate, a chemical precursor used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), have been seized during INTERPOL-coordinated border security operations in Southeast Asia.Bags containing the chemicals were discovered in a van by Thai Customs officials in Songhkla Province, in southern Thailand as part of Operation Hawk...
03 July 2013

Enhancing global cooperation in asset recovery investigations focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

BANGKOK, Thailand – A new tool to improve international cooperation in asset recovery efforts in investigations potentially spanning the globe has been unveiled at the 4th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery which opened in Thailand today.Hosted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, the three-day (3 – 5 July) meeting, organiz...
20 February 2013

International cooperation with ASEANAPOL bolsters security landscape, INTERPOL Chief tells police meeting

PATTAYA, Thailand – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told Chiefs of Police of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that their collaboration with global law enforcement initiatives underpins regional and global security.Speaking on Wednesday at the 33rd ASEAN Chiefs of Police conference (ASEANAPOL, 18-22 February) in Pattaya, be...
01 April 2012

INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai pol...
19 December 2011

INTERPOL leads crackdown on illegal wildlife markets in Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand ‒ International wildlife crime networks in Asia have been dealt a blow after a recent operation coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal trade in endangered species resulted in raids, arrests and investigations across the region.Supported by INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme, Operation Stocktake (1-12 December) saw enforcement...
07 October 2010

Illegal tiger trade targeted by international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL

LYON, France – An international law enforcement operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal trade in tigers has led to the arrest of some 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of one of the world’s most endangered species. The two-month operation (August-September) involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range...
16 July 2010

Thousands arrested in INTERPOL-led operation against illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia

LYON, France – More than 5,000 people have been arrested and nearly 10 million US dollars seized in an INTERPOL co-ordinated operation in Asia run throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup targeting illegal soccer gambling linked to organized crime gangs. In the month-long operation codenamed SOGA III, police across China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Malaysi...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
25 November 2008

International paedophile caught after INTERPOL’s global manhunt is convicted and sentenced for second time by Thai court

BANGKOK, Thailand – A Thai court has sentenced a Canadian national to six more years in jail for sexually abusing a young boy, in the second guilty verdict against the man arrested in Thailand last year following an unprecedented INTERPOL global public appeal for help in identifying a man photographed sexually abusing children.Christopher Paul NEIL, aged...
17 November 2008

Police across Southeast Asia target counterfeit medicines in multi-agency operation

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Police across Southeast Asia have made a series of arrests and seized fake drugs worth millions of dollars in an operation supported by INTERPOL, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).Under the framework of the WHO’s International Medical Products Anti-counterfeiting Task Force (IMPACT) and co-...
15 August 2008

Thai court jails pedophile arrested after INTERPOL global appeal

BANGKOK , Thailand – Christopher Paul NEIL, a Canadian national apprehended in Thailand following INTERPOL’s unprecedented public appeal for help in identifying a man photographed sexually abusing children, has been sentenced by a Bangkok court to 3 years and 3 months in prison. He had pleaded guilty on 12 May to sexually abusing a Thai boy. This is the f...
10 July 2008

Police across Asia break up illegal soccer gambling networks in INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – An INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targeting illegal soccer gambling across Asia has resulted in more than 1,300 arrests and the seizure of over 16 million US dollars.During the two-month-long operation, law enforcement officers throughout the region identified and raided 1,088 illegal gambling dens, many of which were controlled by organiz...
02 July 2008

Thailand answers INTERPOL appeal for extra facilities for Philippine ferry disaster efforts

BANGKOK, Thailand – In response to a call by INTERPOL for international assistance in the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) efforts in the Philippines following the ferry disaster, Thailand has agreed to provide support to the ongoing efforts in Cebu.In addition to sending a team of DVI experts, the Thai authorities have also pledged to send five refri...
07 March 2008

INTERPOL praises international co-operation behind arrest of suspected international arms dealer by Thai Police

HONG KONG, China - A man believed to be the world’s largest arms dealer, suspected of supplying weapons to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, has been arrested in Thailand following a multi-country operation with support from INTERPOL.Viktor Bout, who is accused by US authorities of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terror...
11 January 2008

Child abuse suspect arrested after first ever INTERPOL public appeal appears in Thai court

A suspected paedophile whose arrest followed an unprecedented worldwide appeal for information by INTERPOL has appeared at a court hearing in Bangkok. The 32-year-old Canadian, Christopher Paul NEIL, pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of molesting under-age children in Thailand. The court set 10 March as the start of the trial in which NEIL faces up...
23 November 2007

INTERPOL helps smash illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia

LYON, France – More than 400 people have been arrested across Asia following a five-month operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL that targeted illegal soccer gambling controlled by organized crime gangs.Police officers across the region identified and shut down a total of 272 underground gambling dens which were estimated to have handled more than 6...
19 October 2007

10 days after INTERPOL's global appeal Christopher Paul NEIL (aka Vico) arrested by Royal Thai Police

Following a worldwide manhunt that centred in Thailand, Christopher Paul NEIL was arrested by the Royal Thai Police in a northeast province of Thailand today, Friday, 19 October. 'Let all international criminals and fugitives be put on notice that INTERPOL, its police partners in 186 member countries, the public and the Internet present new and power...
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