Colonel Sramphan Sirikong recently replaced Colonel Arayapan Pukbuakao as Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, which oversees the Patong and the surrounding region on Phuket's west coast.
The colonel told the entertainment business leaders that he intended to control crime and wanted Patong to present the best possible image to visiting tourists, especially along the popular Soi Bangla walking street.
Most of the people who packed the third floor room at the station to hear what Colonel Sramphan had to say have businesses in or near Soi Bangla.
As a step towards making sure tourists could feel as safe as possible, each of the businesses would be issued with a shirt with a number on it, he said, indicating the identity of the street ''salesperson.''
Photographs and personal details of each of the individual ''salespeople'' were to be provided to police and updated as required, the colonel said.