Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cops in Kampong Cham, Pursat take course in how to prevent riots

Cops in Kampong Cham, Pursat take course in how to prevent riots

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Pursat provincial police undergo anti-riot training on the weekend. NATIONAL POLICE

Cops in Kampong Cham, Pursat take course in how to prevent riots

Nearly 600 provincial police officers from Kampong Cham and Pursat completed a training course in protest and strike preparedness which taught them how to deal with potential unrest before and after the national elections on July 29.

A post on the Kampong Cham provincial police Facebook page said Kampong Cham provincial police in the presence of provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun, the provincial police chief and district police chiefs met with a special unit of 420 personnel who had completed the training course.

At the closing ceremony of the three-day exercise, Chamroeun instructed the unit to pay attention and use any force responsibly when confronted with any activity that causes chaos in the province, adding that communication is key.

“Communication with all superiors and involved institutions is important in order to mediate any problems and irregularities that could lead to bigger issues. This will serve the spirit of cooperation, which in turn will be preventative,” he said.

Separately, 160 Pursat provincial policemen also underwent demonstration prevention training for three days, according to the National Police.

The three-day training course saw participants learn to use tear gas on protesters, as they were formed into six intervention force units. Chhay Phon, the acting provincial police chief, praised the officers, who were trained by officials of the National Police.

“Your training serves to prevent unexpected situations and is aimed at maintaining peace, security and social order before and after the successful completion of the assembly elections,” he said.

The training comes on the heels of Defence Minister Tea Banh’s warning that security forces will break the teeth of those who protest the elections and Social Affairs Minister Vong Soth saying that protesters will be beaten with bamboo.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said