Pattaya City Hall is putting more tourist police officers on bicycles to help improve safety for visitors.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presented eight bikes to Pattaya Tourist Police commander Col. Arun Promphan May 17.
Arun said increased participation from Thai and foreign police volunteers has outstripped the police force’s supply of bikes. He said the Pattaya station did not have the budget to buy more bicycles and, therefore, requested help from city hall.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (center left), and Pol. Lt. Col. Arun Promphan (center right) pose for a group photo with patrol officers and municipal officers after the new bicycle handover.
Arun said the bike patrols have been very popular with tourists. “When visitors see the officers, they want to take their picture. They’ve become a sensation in Pattaya and make tourists feel more at ease regarding their security.”
In addition to the positive impact on safety and tourism, officials said the bikes also reduce pollution.