The police headquarters said it is planning to expand the tourist police force to sufficiently provide security and support to the rising number of tourists entering the country.
The current strength of the tourist police force is inadequate, so more officers will be recruited and more police will be deployed at tourist attraction sites to provide security and help solve their problems, deputy superintendent U Win Kyi of Myanmar Police Force (MPF) said.
“In terms of numbers, the tourist police force is not strong enough and we are planning to expand. We can’t say for certain to which extent we will expand. The additional recruits will be deployed at the famous tourist destinations of Bagan, Nyaung Oo, Inle Lake, Shan state and other places as necessary,” he said.
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, three million foreign tourists are expected to arrive in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
“Not just the police, the public also need to help foreign tourists so that foreigners will be more inclined to come to Myanmar. We need to exert our best effort to help them. Myanmar has now established a reputation as an interesting and fascinating country,” said U Tin Tun Aung, joint secretary of Union of Myanmar Tourism Association.