Catkind meet your PR guru: Eliza Adamson-Hopper.
According to BBC News, the 5-year-old girl from County Durham, England, may help put a cat on the local police force after writing the group a letter on behalf of civic-minded felines.
Adamson-Hopper’s note to County Durham police pointed out that many forces have working dogs, but none of the police departments in the country have a cat on staff. The girl thinks this is a missed opportunity, since cats would be superb at listening for danger and helping people out of trees.
After receiving the well-written argument, which included a drawing of a kitty policeman, Durham Police Chief Mike Barton responded, saying he would forward the idea up to his superiors. The big-wigs must have liked it, because the force is considering becoming the first English police department to bring on a feline.
“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 [upon] but if nothing else they will become the force mascot. Of course, if it smells a rat we’ll expect it to catch it,” Inspector Richie Allen, of the dog support unit, told BBC.
Eliza’s mother, Cheryl Adamson, says her daughter always has a lot of questions and that she encourages her to seek out answers. Adamson helped Eliza type out her letter to the police and is surprised by the response.
“Eliza was delighted with the response, but we thought that would be the end of it,” the mom said. “Then the inspector from the dogs unit sent her a calendar and invited her to an open day.”