Porirua in pawses­sion of new­po­lice cat

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL

Cat bur­glars be­ware.

Porirua Po­lice have called in backup and she’s not about to take any­thing ly­ing down, af­ter her nap that is.

Tia the tor­tie bir­man cat is the lat­est re­cruit to bol­ster the di­verse ranks of Porirua’s of­fi­cers.

Don­ning a po­lice vest, she was brought in to help Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kerry Mor­rell in the sta­tion’s Scene of Crime Of­fice.

A video of the six-year-old lightly coloured, fluffy of­fi­cer was posted to the Welling­ton District Po­lice Face­book page, much to the de­light of those on so­cial me­dia.

While her pa­per­work skills leave a lot to be de­sired, Mor­rell said she had a nose for sniff­ing out trou­ble.

‘‘She is a dog in a cat’s skin, and now I think she’s world fa­mous in Porirua,’’ Mor­rell said.

Tia has big paws to fill, fol­low­ing the early re­tire­ment of an­other four­legged fan favourite. Con­sta­ble El­liot, the po­lice guinea pig which died in Au­gust.

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