The National Police yesterday deployed 3,000 police forces to prevent terrorism and demonstrations during the Water Festival.
General Chan Sitha, chief of the Intervention Police Department, said the forces would be deployed until tomorrow.
“They are special armed forces aimed at preventing any terrorism and cracking down on any demonstrations,” he said.
“They are deployed at every important place in the city and are on duty 24 hours per day to ensure public order, peace, safety, as well as the security of our government officials and all the people who have come to enjoy the festival.”
General Touch Naruth, deputy National Police director, said an additional 13,000 police and military police forces were also working at the festival to ensure security and control traffic.
He added that each officer was receiving a $5 bonus per day while working over the festival.
“For the first day of the festival, about one million people participated,” he said. “It went smoothly. There were no boat accidents.”
“I am happy to see so many Cambodians coming to the capital to enjoy the festival,” he added. “I think this is because our country now has peace and stability.”
Gen Naruth estimated that at least 2.5 million people would attend the festival this year, down from three million last year.
The National Police also yesterday released the names and photos of 63 experienced thieves who remain at large in order to warn the public to be on the lookout for them over the festival.