40 long-haired police officers face transfer

Forty police officers have been ordered by the Royal Thai Police to immediately report themselves to Pol Lt-Gen Suraphol Phinitchob, commissioner attached to the RTP, for wearing wrong hair in violation of the police regulations.

The order was issued by Pol Col Amnart Utaramart, a deputy commander attached to the police operations centre, on Sunday � one day after the Royal Thai Police instructed the police inspector-general and a special task force to conduct a random survey of policemen who defy the police regulation by wearing long hair.

The random survey found 40 police officers with ranks from a lance corporal to lieutenant-colonel attached to the Metropolitan Bureau, Satun, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phang-nga provincial police officers have defied the regulation.

Their names and ranks have been jotted down and a list of them has been sent to the Royal Thai Police.

Police are required to wear their uniforms while on duty and keep their hair short.

It was reported that the 40 defiant officers would be temporarily transferred to the police operations centre to assist work.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)