History of Tourist Police Bureau

History of Tourist Police Bureau

        In 1976, the private business sector together with Tourism Promotion Organization collectively requested, the Royal Thai Police Department to provide special protection and security services to tourists.

        In response to such request, the Royal Thai Police then first established the “Center of Tourist Facilitation and Protection” (CTFP) under the supervision of Crime Suppression Division, with only 60 police officers from the beginning. Its mission of the CTFP was to receive complaints, perform surveillance and provide protection and security in public areas and tourist attractions in Bangkok Metropolitan.

       In 1980, when the Government announced the year of tourism, the Royal Thai Police developed the “Center of Tourist Facilitation and Protection” (CTFP) to be the “Center of Tourist Assistance” (CTA) in order to receive complaints when tourists suffered from crimes and exploitation. Its responsibility was extended to regional attraction sites which are popular among tourists, such as Chiangmai, Pattaya, Phuket and Hadyai.

        In 1982, the 8th Sub-division of Crime Suppression Division was established as Tourist Police Unit.

        In 1991, this agency was promoted Tourist Police Division, under Central Investigation Bureau.

        Then in 2017, this agency was promoted Tourist Police Bureau, under the Royal Thai Police.