A familiar sight on many South Vietnamese city, town and occasionally village streets were these members of the National Police. Clad in white cotton shirts and light grey trousers many of these policemen joined the police to avoid military conscription while enriching themselves at the same time with all kinds of corruption and intimidation. It was often said by many South Vietnamese that the ‘White Mice’ committed many more crimes than they actually ever solved! It’s also an unfortunate truth that these policemen were seen to be ‘walking targets’ for the Viet Cong. And so, even if you made a lot of money… you might not live long enough to spend it!