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Under the guiding hand of a 13-year-old half-Thai, half-Australian schoolgirl, a group of dancing Thai policemen have jived and shuffled their way to become the latest in a long line of YouTube-fuelled viral celebrities.

Their five-minute video is not much good and has racked up only a modest 500,000-plus hits since its launch on August 5, but these cavorting coppers are already fuelling a wider curiosity from newspapers, news agencies and the blogosphere.

The policemen are part of the 4th Subdivision of Thailand's Tourist Police, set up for non-Thai speaking tourists who need police help, in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

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Krittaya Brown, a daughter of a Thai Tourist Police officer, teaches Tourist Police officers how to dance in Chiang Mai, north of Bangkok.

Krittaya Brown, a daughter of a Thai Tourist Police officer, teaches Tourist Police officers how to dance in Chiang Mai, north of Bangkok. Photo: AP

"We never thought it would become this big," Lieutenant Colonel Tanakorn Doltanakan, one of nine officers in the clip, told the Associated Press. "It's something we did just for fun."

Teenager Krittaya Brown was the real star of the show but appeared in only a brief cameo on the clip. The video is a cover of the aptly named Sorry, Sorry, a hit by Korean boy band Super Junior.

The number was choreographed by Krittaya, the daughter of police officer Warangkhanang Taengsuwan who met her Australian husband while on duty.

The schoolgirl, who has been learning dancing since she was seven, told the Bangkok Post the most difficult part for the officers to master was to cross their arms over their chests and stand on one leg while shaking to the rhythm.

Ahead of a tourism-related police seminar this month, attendees were asked to prepare for a police talent show.

The 4th Subdivision, which went on to win the competition, sought inspiration from one of its more memorable assignments - when it was assigned to look after the South Korean group on its recent tour of Chiang Mai.

Super Junior are one of South Korea's most famous boy bands, known for their boyishly polished looks and synchronised dance routines that have earned them heart-throb status across Asia. Their version of the video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times on YouTube.

After a short clip introducing the officers, the police switch their standard-issue brown uniforms for Miami Vice-style black suits, open-neck white shirts and dark sunglasses.

Krittaya studied Super Junior internet videos and practised the moves with her friends before spending a couple of days coaching her mother's colleagues.

Krittaya and her friends have won several local dancing competitions and she appears to have a natural talent.

The same cannot be said for the dancing detectives.

Let's be honest, the dancing policemen of Chiang Mai are not Thailand's answer to Susan Boyle.

smh.com.au and agencies