Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet on Tuesday met with a visiting Vietnamese police delegation and asked for help training selected members of the Special Intervention Unit to ensure security and public order in the capital and protect high-profile leaders.
Lieutenant General Chhay Khim Khoeun, spokesman for the National Police, said 60 members of the Special Intervention Unit, created in 2015, have been selected to undergo additional training.
“We selected about 60 skilled officers from the intervention unit to obtain special training,” Lt Gen Khim Khoeun said.
The Special Intervention Unit created in 2015 consists of National Police officers who were trained in assault weapons under the guidance of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Brigade 911.
A municipal police statement yesterday said Lt Gen Thet, who is also deputy chief of the National Police, met with the delegation at the municipal police headquarters to discuss cooperation and training.
“The police chief requested the Vietnamese delegation to help train and share their technical expertise,” it said. “We have the human resources and the weapons to train them, we only lack the expertise to teach them.”
“The special unit carries out protective measures, ensure security, and better maintain public order in the capital,” it added, noting that the Vietnamese delegation will forward the request to their superiors. “The Vietnamese delegation has promised to bring our proposal to Vietnamese leaders for consideration.”
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, yesterday said the government has created many unnecessary special units in the Kingdom.
“The question is whether or not the creation of this force responds to the failures of the current police structure in cracking down on major crimes,” Mr Chey said.
According to the municipal police statement, Lt Gen Thet said the 60 officers chosen must be trained to protect the country’s leaders.
“His excellency Sar Thet said he wanted the squad, and that Phnom Penh Municipal Police would provide 60 personnel,” it said. “This unit must learn to use rifles and pistols to protect the country’s leaders.”
The Vietnamese police delegation’s visit came one week after Lieutenant General Hun Manet’s trip to Vietnam.
Lt Gen Manet, RCAF’s army commander, was in Hanoi to strengthen relations between both armies.