Troy Police Reach Goal, Get Department Cat

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

A police cat will be added to the Troy Police Department, thanks to a successful Twitter campaign to build followers.

They had a goal to reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April, starting with just about 4,000 at the time.

The department's Twitter drew followers through a slew of humorous tweets, beginning with a photo of a cat wearing sunglasses and a sheriff's hat. The department announced it had reached the milestone Wednesday with a post featuring an image of dancing cats.

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the amount of attention the campaign got was much more than expected. "The Twitter campaign has shown us that there is vast support for cats in law enforcement".

Lehman said details are still being worked out on finding that special feline that will be a good fit for the department – which will come from the Michigan Humane Society. The animal will be used for therapeutic purposes.

"The plans are in the works". “This kind of thing typically does well on Twitter, but we had no idea it would blow up to this magnitude, ” she said.

The department is continuing to use its social media account to get public input on the feline addition, with a recent post asking for suggestions on what to name a police cat unit.

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