A Detroit police department will add a police cat to the force, following a successful social media campaign.
The cat will be used by the department for therapeutic purposes and to make public appearances.
The Troy Police Department plans to work with the Humane Society to find the right candidate, said Sgt. Meghan Lehman. Many people have been offering the department potential candidates and qualification suggestions on Twitter, using the hashtag that started the initiative (see examples below).
The Associated Press reports: The Troy Police Department launched an initiative on March 6 to reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April, with the incentive of adding a furry feline to their team. The department had just over 4,000 followers when the campaign began.
The #WeWantAPoliceCat movement took only eight days to reach the goal.
The department’s Twitter account drew followers through a slew of humorous tweets, beginning with a photo of a cat wearing sunglasses and a sheriff’s hat. The department announced it had reached the milestone Wednesday with a post featuring an image of dancing cats.
“We are very excited about a police cat coming to Troy PD,” Sgt. Meghan Lehman said. “The Twitter campaign has shown us that there is immense support for cats in law enforcement. Seriously, we think this will continue to help us connect with the public and also help promote the adoption of shelter pets.”
The department is left to search for a cat that would be a good fit, and to find the right handler.
They also seeking suggestions for a police cat unit name. Twitter users have suggested “Claw and Order,” ″The Purr Patrol” and “Pawlice.”
To follow are a few lighthearted tweets associated with the #WeWantAPoliceCat movement.
— Troy Police Dept. (@TroyMI_Police) March 7, 2018
— Troy Police Dept. (@TroyMI_Police) March 8, 2018
— Loren Sztajer (@lorensztajer) March 12, 2018
Oreo is ready to interview with the @TroyMI_Police for their #WeWantAPoliceCat initiative. She has extensive experience with daily patrols. Granted, she’s an indoor cat, but has cost-saving built-in night vision. Also, she’s a girl and girls rule. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/uMEWtgCkEW
— Loren Sztajer (@lorensztajer) March 8, 2018
— Big Jim O’Brien (@wcsxjim) March 9, 2018
#PoliceCat candidate Oreo demonstrates proper Feline/K9 Officer teamwork. Says it’s all about respecting the hierarchy and exhibiting excellent leadership qualities. Willing to train Feline Officers for @mspmetrodet.
— Loren Sztajer (@lorensztajer) March 10, 2018
— James Gullett (@gullett_james) March 10, 2018
— Shirley McMarlin (@shirley_trib) March 14, 2018
— Loren Sztajer (@lorensztajer) March 13, 2018
@TroyMI_Police in anticipation of your 10,000th follower and then your first recruit into the Feline Unit, you should have a competition to name the cat. I’ll start with a suggestion: Mousetrap. #WeWantAPoliceCat pic.twitter.com/afT15JzQF8
— Caz Potts (@CazYou1) March 13, 2018
— Sarah McCauley (@SarahJMcCauley) March 11, 2018