The Royal Thai Police has issued an order instructing all police officers to dress properly and wear short haircuts.
In the urgent order signed on Wednesday (Nov 15) by Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, all police officers on duties must dress properly and have short haircuts in accordance with the Prime Minister's Office regulation on civil servants' uniform and hair style.
He noted in particular when the police are in uniforms, and wearing caps, their hairstyles must show that they strictly abide by the rules and disciplines of the police regulations.
He said senior police at commanding level should be model for their subordinates.
Pol Get Chakthip said the proper dress and short haircuts will be among the criteria in assessment of their performance at the end of the year.
The inspector-general of the Royal Thai Police was instructed to supervise the regulations and allowed to take actions against those who fail to comply.
Deputy police chief Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, also the police spokesman, said police officers must have disciplines so as to gain credibility and impression from the public.
He said, however, the order does not apply to undercover police, special branch police, and police officers working in the Deep South as they need to dress in a way that suit their work and to ensure safety in their respective working environment.
He also said that the commissioner has also tightened grip on fat police to go diet or reduce their weights. Moreover, police are not suppose to wear moustache and beard for the good image of the organization.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)