Dogs and cats could soon be forced to work together for the good of society, with a UK police station considering its first feline recruit.
Although traditionally the realm of sniffer dogs, officers at Durham police station were alerted to the bias within their team by five-year-old Eliza Adamson-Hopper who wrote to Police Chief Mike Barton asking why they don’t use cats on the force.
Barton replied to the letter, thanking her for her suggestion and reporting they would consider adding cats to the team, he even included a picture of his own cat who he said would be the first recruit, The Guardian reports.
Inspector Richie Allen, of the dog support unit, has confirmed the force will consider using cats in an as-yet-unspecified role.
Allen said: “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.”
While cats in the police force may be new, felines have been proven diligent employees in the past - with a cat promoted by a rail company earlier this year.