Big Joke set for sensational return to Thai Police, claims Thai media

Big Joke set for sensational return to Thai Police, claims Thai media




Former Immigration chief Surachate Hakparn, aka Big Joke, could be about to make a sensational return to the Thai Police Force.


Reports from multiple Thai language news outlets (1, 2, 3) speculate that Big Joke is about to be appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police.


The appointment would be a remarkable turnaround for Big Joke, whose career seemed all but over after he was unexpectedly and unceremoniously removed from his position as head of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau in April this year.


After rising to prominence at the Tourist Police Bureau, Big Joke was appointed as immigration chief where he quickly became Thailand's highest profile police officer.


He became synonymous with frequent and high profile arrests of foreign criminals and visa overstayers, under the crime fighting campaign of “Good Guys in Bad Guys Out”.


Backed by a savvy media team, he featured in news stories almost daily and built up a large following on various social media platforms. 


As well as arresting illegal foreigners in Thailand, he also tried to crackdown on corruption within the Immigration Bureau by introducing the “no tip” policy, which saw stickers and banners bearing the same words placed at immigration border checkpoints and offices throughout Thailand.


However, just when it seemed like Big Joke’s stock couldn’t get any higher, in April he was suddenly removed from his position as immigration chief and transferred to a civilian role as a special adviser within the Prime Minister's Office.


Reasons for his removal from Immigration are still not known.


The news comes after Big Joke was spotted earlier this week making what is now a rare public appearance.


On Thursday, he was photographed visiting a temple in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.


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