It looks like the days of police officers here in Thailand rocking the aviators are at an end after a new order from one of Thailand’s top cops has banned officers from wearing sunglasses on duty as such items have been deemed inappropriate according to the deputy police commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Maj-General Panurat Lakboon.
The new ban on sunglasses was ordered by deputy police chief General chalermkiat Srivorakhan and follows orders from Thailand’s Chief of police who recently ordered all officers to dress appropriately whilst on duty and for them to have short, smart haircuts.
The new order also reiterated the orders on officer’s hair and appearance and made it clear that officers at all levels must adhere to the orders so as to set a good example to those working under their command.
Panurat did express concerns that officers working in bright sunlight might need sunglasses to work more efficiently, however all officers need to abide by the order.
Following a string of reminders over the past couple of months regarding officers haircuts a series of random inspections were carried out last month during which 40 Metropolitan Police Officers were found to have haircuts not conforming to the order who were all reprimanded and marched off to the barber’s chair
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The recent orders relating to officers appearances are in relation to an order from up on high referring to Thai police as “Men of Discipline” and included a string of instructions to officers about their behavior outlining actions such as standing with their hands in their pockets or leaning against walls as not being acceptable.
Many officers especially those from the traffic department have reiterated concerns about the sunglasses ban stating that they spend hours in bright sunlight directing traffic and sunglasses help them see better however it seems the days of officers wearing shades are at an end.
Source: The Nation
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