Phuket's new Commander of Police, Major General Ong-Art Phiwruangnont, told them: ''Improve your behavior. Be polite. Don't use your uniform to seek benefit for your wallet.''
The new recruits will be distributed among all of Phuket's 10 police stations. Hundreds more will follow as the Region 8 Police Headquarters are transferred to Phuket.
It's the first increase in years as Thailand's Government and senior police recognise the need to better protect tourists in Thailand.
All Phuket's police station superintendents were at Phuket Police headquarters yesterday to meet the reinforcements.
''Don't behave like the mafia,'' Major General Ong-Art told them. ''Phuket is a tourist place. Even if you carry a weapon, you must always consider the safety of others.''
He urged the new arrivals to ''be careful in your personal life.'' ''Do not take drugs, do not drink alcohol before going on duty or while on duty, do not gamble.''
The arrival of almost 100 additional police to boost Phuket's total number to about 1200 officers is the latest sign that Phuket's issues are finally all being addressed.
What Phuket still needs are more policewomen to deal with cases or rape and sexual assault.