The Troy Police Department in suburban Detroit added a cat to the ranks Friday after auditioning five felines from the Michigan Humane Society.
The cat will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances. A Troy officer who has two cats at home is getting a new four-legged partner.
Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the department also wants to promote pet adoptions from area shelters. She said Troy students will be asked to come up with possible names for the kitten. A name will be selected through a vote on Twitter.
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.