“When Officer Floo-Floo meows three times in a row, it means she smells narcotics, and then we have a problem. Is that understood?”
Those words actually came from the mouth of Salina Police Chief Eric Pratt on April Fools Day, when he pulled people over and used his “feline officer” with “2 years of training and 6 years on the force” to perform a search of the vehicle, which had been pulled over for going 91 in an 80mph zone.
Through the years of “running canines, I’ve seen different dogs from different agencies all over the country. I just always thought it would be hilarious if there was a cat that could do the same thing,” Pratt said. But it wouldn’t have happened if his wife hadn’t been late getting off work.
“I get off work the same time as my wife and my wife was running late and it was April Fools’ and I have a half hour to kill. I said ‘You know what? I’m just going to do it.’ ”
It seems like officers were quite the pranksters for April Fools. This officer with the Salina City Police Dept. stopped a vehicle for speeding and then deployed his "feline" unit to sniff for drugs.
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So he drove home to pick up Officer Floo-Floo and the two set out on patrol, and Chief Pratt took to Facebook to share it:
Before anyone gets too carried away (there’s always a few), no tax payer dollars were spent in relation to this video. The few minutes of fuel will be paid for by me, I’m a salaried employee and this is on my own time, and last but not least, my sweet cat Froo Froo was not injured during this incident. The stop was legitimate (speeding), and my decision to give a warning was legitimate (I regularly warn for 11 over, which is what the stop was for). Smile people, it’s April Fool’s Day!
The Chief sees this as a way to humanize the force and remind people that officers are just people… who even have a sense of humor. Salina Mayor Dustin Deaton agrees.
“He’ll actually receive a letter of commendation for it. Chief Pratt does a very good job of what he does. He’s very thorough as an investigator and he has a knack for communicating very well with people. I’m glad to see him doing something like this to build a positive relationship with the citizens, to close the gap between law enforcement and citizens,” Deaton said.