K-9 units have been part of security forces around the world for many years. Their bravery and loyalty has been unmatched by any other animal, but one 5-year old girl, Eliza Hopper, thinks cats would also be a valuable asset to police forces, and she wanted to know why they are not being utilized for their special skills.
Eliza’s mother, Cheryl Adamson, said her daughter was very inquisitive by nature, and she often has many questions for everyone on everything. This time, Eliza had questions that she could not answer, so they typed out a letter to the chief constable.
In the letter, she wrote: “A police cat would be good as they have good ears and can listen out for danger. Cats are good at finding their way home and could show policemen the way. Cats are good at climbing trees and hunting and could rescue people that are stuck.”
Barton said, “I can confirm the force is looking into recruiting what we believe to be the first U.K. police cat. Their duties and responsibilities have not yet been agreed but if nothing else they will become the force mascot.”
They are still looking into what exactly the role of a cat would be, but he jokingly added that at the very least, they are expected to help manage pest control.