Michigan police department picks “Pawfficer”

This 2018 photo released by the Michigan Humane Society shows a kitten named Badges. The Troy, Mich., police department has created a new rank of "pawfficer" for the cat that has joined the force. Badges will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances. (Michigan Humane Society via AP)
The Associated Press

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws.

A cat named “Pawfficer Donut” was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness.

Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department’s first “pawfficer.”

Troy police pledged to add a cat if it could reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April. It took just eight days to go from 4,000 to 10,000.

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