Stateside host Cynthia Canty was scrolling through her Twitter feed when a tweet jumped out at her. It had a photo of a big orange tabby cat wearing a Smokey-the-Bear-style police hat and some traffic-cop-style mirrored sunglasses.
Trying to broker this deal now: If we get 10,000 followers by April, we want a police cat. If you support this important public safety initiative, follow us & RT #BigGoals #PoliceCatAssociationofAmerica pic.twitter.com/g4myDGVIYh
— Troy Police Dept. (@TroyMI_Police) March 6, 2018
Turns out, the tweet belonged to the Troy Police Department. It said if 10,000 people follow the department's account by April, the officers could get a police cat.
Stateside spoke with Sergeant Meghan Lehman today to find out what’s behind the Troy Police Department’s quest for a police cat. Listen above to hear whether Lehman thinks a cat could help fight crime and why she hopes the effort will bring the department closer to the community.