The shiny new vehicles were lined up today in the ground of Phuket Police Headquarters in Phuket City. ''Soon,'' said Deputy Phuket Police Commander Major General Pirayut Karajedi, the long arm of the law will gain 40 shiny new wheels.
''We are very greatful to have the approval of Region 8 and the budget from the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok to improve our international image,'' he said.
Signs on the vehicles make it plain that three are destined for Kathu Police Station in Patong, three are headed for Chalong, two will stay in Phuket City and one each will be seen around Kamal and Cherng Talay.
The black Mazda 2s certainly will lift the profile of Phuket's beachside police - and probably offer a better ride for both offenders and victims from time to time than the pickups have previously done.
There is no word yet, though, as to whether the shiny paintwork is to be risked in pursuing speedsters and other traffic offenders.