Brigadier General Prum Sonthor, deputy chief of Phnom Penh police, has replaced retiring Major General Sreng Chea as chief of Prey Veng provincial police.
An inauguration ceremony was held by National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun and provincial Governor Chea Somethy on Friday at the provincial police headquarters.
Brig Gen Sonthor yesterday said he first started his career as a police officer in the early 2000s.
“I began working as a police officer under the Interior Ministry in 2003 or 2004,” he said.
Maj Gen Chea could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Brig Gen Sothor is the son of Prum Sokha, secretary of state at the Public Service Ministry.
Gen Savoeun said in a post on the National Police’s website on Friday that Maj Gen Chea worked to maintain security and public order.
In his post, he noted that all police officers must continue to enforce the law in order to ensure security and public order.
“Police forces must be on standby for 24 hours a day. You must pay attention and strengthen our forces,” Gen Savoeun said. “Be ready to react quickly. Cambodia is facing a poisonous news environment because of modern technology and freedom. All officers must prepare to enforce the law against the convict Sam Rainsy.”
Last month, Major General Seng Sokun replaced Major General Chea Chandin as the police chief of Pailin province.
According to a Royal Decree issued on September 29, 2018, a handful of provincial chiefs of police were due to retire including Maj Gen Chea, Major Loch Vannara, and Maj Gen Chandin.