Deputy Police Commissioner Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol
In a move, described as a win-win, deputy police commissioner Pol Gen Roy Ingkapairote will be appointed National Security Council (NSC) chief, paving the way for Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol to become the new police commissioner, an informed source said today (Monday).
Both Roy, the most senior deputy commissioner of the four, and Torsak, the second most senior, will reach their retirement age next September.
If either of them is promoted to the top police post, replacing Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat who is due to retire at the end of this month, one of them will retire as the deputy commissioner.
“It is likely that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will transfer Roy to be NSC chief and appoint Torsak as the new police commissioner,” the source said.
Citing good governance, former prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as the previous chairman of the Police Commission, passed the decision of who would be the new police commissioner to Srettha.
The position of NSC chief has usually been occupied by non-NSC officials, mostly from the military. The current NSC chief, who will retire by the end of this month, is Gen Supoj Malaniyom, a former joint chief of staff.
Earlier, the source reported that the military planned to nominate Maj-Gen Nakrob Boonbuathong, deputy director of the coordinating centre of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), as the next NSC secretary general.
Source: Thai PBS World