The Troy (MI) Police Department is adding a cat to its ranks after the public helped it achieve its goal of 10,000 Twitter followers. (Photo: Troy (MI) PD/Twitter)

The Troy (MI) Police Department is adding a cat to its ranks after the public helped it achieve its goal of 10,000 Twitter followers. (Photo: Troy (MI) PD/Twitter)

The Troy (MI) Police Department will be getting a police cat after reaching its goal of 10,000 followers on its Twitter account by April 1.

The Twitter challenge was issued on March 6, when the @TroyMI_police account had just 4,000 followers, less than half of what it needed. It took just more than a week to get the remainder, and the account announced on Wednesday that it had the following it needed to turn its police cat dream into a reality. 

The police department's community outreach section will bring in the cat, in collaboration with the Humane Society, said Sgt. Meghan Lehman of the Troy Police Department. The idea has been kicked around for years, bringing in either a cat or a non-K9 officer dog, for therapeutic purposes.

The cat is also expected to make public appearances. But it won't live in the building, it will go home every night with an officer.

As for what role the cat will have on the force, Lehman joked that she envisioned a supervisory role for the feline.

"They're going to want to boss people around," Lehman said.

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