A UK police force is considering adding crime-fighting cats to its ranks

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

A U.K. police force is considering adding felines to its ranks — because who better suited to bring cat burglars to justice than real, live cats?

Five-year-old Eliza Adamson-Hopper penned a letter to Mike Barton, Durham's police chief, asking why dogs were allowed to help fight crime but cats weren't, the Guardian reported. In Barton's response, he promised Eliza that he would bring the idea to an inspector for consideration, drawing a picture of his own cat — Joey — on the back of the letter, as evidence of his cat love.

Read more: Child Prophet Sums Up Adult Life With Answer on Homework Assignment: "We Have Shit"

"I can confirm the force is looking into recruiting what we believe to be the first U.K. police cat," Inspector Richie Allen, a member of Durham's canine support unit, told the Guardian. "Their duties and responsibilities have not yet been agreed but if nothing else they will become the force mascot."

"Of course, if it smells a rat we'll expect it to catch it," he added, possibly chortling because puns.

This is not an April Fools' Day joke, the Guardian wrote, having confirmed its legitimacy with a police spokesperson. Durham's wouldn't be the first feline in uniform — as the Guardian pointed out, London transit police adopted a tabby in 2007 to catch mice.

Check out these Instagram famous cats:

13 PHOTOS
Instagram famous cats
See Gallery
A UK police force is considering adding crime-fighting cats to its ranks
Why so serious?
This was one of the first five photos I took when I got my fancy camera a few years ago. I've taken hundreds of thousands since, and this one still reigns supreme. #lilbub #goodjobbub #yes #bilbobubbins
🙈 #PrincessMonsterTruck Playin' the game an' winning it. 📷 by @joshuasimpsonphoto
#plasetag#snoopybabe
このバッグお気に入り😄
Long line a restaurant? Try this face. #tgif
Guess I need to come up with a new name for my musical now since someone decided to steal #Hamilton #mustachecat
*GM! おはにゃ〜今日は21時からAmebaFRESH!の動画放送と22時から櫻井さん有吉さんのアブナイ夜会と観るものたくさんにゃの。 アブナイ夜会で映るのはほんの一瞬だから、見逃さないようにテレビにかじりつくのが大変にゃの… (*-ω-) それまでに色々お仕事や家事やニャルソックが終わるよう頑張ろうにゃ〜! #こむぎのなんとも言えない顔
This is me, excited for Thanksgiving. 😾🦃 @crazyavey
When you wake up to the smell of fresh chicken cooking 😌 #pudgethecat
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FURBALLLLLLLLL?!
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Which may or may not be all Durham's police cat is qualified to do. Trying to get a cat to do what one wants it to do is notoriously, maddeningly difficult — the simile "like herding cats" exists for a reason — and while they can be mean as hell, they generally aren't aggressive in the same way that dogs can be. But, as anyone who's seen 101 Dalmatians can imagine, they might be useful in busting robbers, stealthy and skilled at slinking into small places as they are.

The real question of course: will it wear a uniform and if so, what might that look like?

A UK Police Force Is Considering Adding Crime-Fighting Cats to Its Ranks
Source: WPA Pool/Getty Images
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners