Male police personnel are now permitted to grow their hair up to 5 centimeters long thanks to changes made by national police commander Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol.
According to a police source, the 2023 uniform practice code repeals a rule governing police uniforms put into place in 2018.
In this regard, a male police officer may grow his hair on top of his head no longer than 5 cm, but only 1 cm on the sides and 1 cm on the back.
According to the report, a male officer used to be required to have an extremely short hairstyle with both sides and the back of the head fully shaven.
Further, police personnel working in intelligence, drugs suppression, or in high-risk regions are permitted to have a high-fade haircut, but only with the approval of their superintendent-level or higher superiors.
The source advised long-haired female police to properly secure their hair with a black hairpin.
The decision to allow male officers to grow their hair occurred after Personnel Division commander Pol Lt Gen Yingyos Thepjamnong informed the Royal Thai Police’s Legal Affairs and Litigation Office that the national police commander sought more lenient regulations surrounding hairdo.
According to the source, senior police officers must be informed about the modified regulation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Male police won’t need to have haircuts every week from now on, saving money for those who visit private barbers, the source claimed. It is unknown whether the modification came about in response to requests from the police themselves.