New Zealand’s Furriest Cop

Sure, we’ve all heard of police dogs. But a police cat? That’s definitely a new one. Believe it or not, the city of Porirua in New Zealand introduced the newest member of their force in a Facebook video: a cat named Tia.

Tia certainly looked the part with her perfectly cat-sized police vest. When it came to actual police duties, though, we weren’t so sold. Even though her owner, Senior Constable Kerry Morrell, hoped she would be able to “sniff some stuff out” for them, Tia seemed more interested in taking a nap.

Tia the police cat

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Posted by New Zealand Police on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

“On this particular day, Tia was helping out our Scene of Crime officers with some investigations,” a police spokeswoman said. “She’s also pretty good at admin, paperwork, and the odd bit of light typing. But her favorite thing is nap time.”

Like most cats, Tia doesn’t stay interested for long. She only works half hour shifts and leaves the real police work to her owner. But despite not having the dedication for a full-time job, Tia provides a welcome morale boost to the Porirua station.

Tia isn’t the only animal New Zealand Police have brought on to their team. She’s New Zealand’s fourth police cat. In addition to cats, the police department has also had a guinea pig as a fellow officer who helped teach safe driving in school zones.

So while these precious pets may not be catching any criminals any time soon, they do serve as valuable members of the force. Their presence in the office and on social media really helps the dedicated officers of New Zealand.

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Sarah Cookson

Writer/Dog Enthusiast living in New York City. Only goes to parties in hopes there will be a dog there to hang out with. Her resolutions for 2017 were to eat healthier and pet more pups. Bet you can guess which one she stuck with.

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