Thailand’s Tourist Police plan to increase their workforce by 825 officers, in addition to the 900 they currently employ, to better serve tourists visiting Thailand.

According to Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpan, chief of Tourist Police, the selection process for these additional officers is based on their language ability, knowledge of general police procedures and how compatible they are with tourists.

It has been reported that officers are already being chosen for their ability to speak foreign languages, especially those who know Chinese, French, or English, reported Thairath.

Tourists looking to travel to Thailand for their vacations should be glad to hear Chief Surachet say that he feels the increase in the number of tourist police officers would make the force more efficient in reducing the crime rate.

According to Surachet, tourists who feel safe in the country are apt to return. This, in turn, would have a positive effect on the Thai economy, he said.

It has not been reported when this increase in officers will happen or in which areas of Thailand the officers will be stationed.