Three Provinces to Get New Police Chiefs This Week

Three provincial police chiefs will be replaced this week after hitting the mandatory retirement age of 60, but they may still end up in other government posts, an official said on Tuesday.

National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said the police chiefs of Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu and Siem Reap provinces—Prak Vuthy, Keo Pisey and Sort Nady, respectively—would all be replaced soon.

“I only know that deputy provincial police chiefs will replace their chiefs in Kompong Speu and Kompong Chhnang provinces, but I’m not sure who will replace the provincial police chief in Siem Reap,” he said.

The spokesman added that Mr. Nady may end up a provincial council member, but he did not know the plans of the other two.

He said all three chiefs had joined the police force in 1979, the year the Khmer Rouge were pushed out of power.

Loch Sovannara, a deputy police chief in Kompong Chhnang, and Sam Samoun, a deputy in Kompong Speu, both said they were notified of their promotions on Monday.

Mr. Samoun said his handover ceremony was scheduled for today.

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