Cat burglars and other crooks in Britain might soon feel the long paws of the Law, following the suggestion by a five-year-old to use cats alongside dogs to fight crime. Eliza Adamson-Hopper wrote to Durham Constabulary asking why the Police use dogs but not cats. Police Chief Mike Barton replied with a handwritten letter (including a drawing of his own cat, Joey) and promised to pass Eliza’s suggestion along to an inspector.
Inspector Richie Allen of the dog support unit confirms that Durham is seriously considering the idea. “I can confirm the force is looking into recruiting what we believe to be the first UK police cat. 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.”