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Chicago Police Department Introduces New Team Member: Pawfficer Gizmo

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

The Chicago Police Department often goes to elementary schools to talk to young students about police work.

Sometimes officers bring police K-9s with them to make the visits more exciting for the kids.

Once, on a visit, a kid raised his hand and asked, “Why don’t you have any police cats?” The officer was intrigued by the suggestion of a cat officer, so he took to Twitter to see what others thought.

The Chicago Police Department 14th District wrote, “If this is retweeted 500 times we will start the 14th District @Chicago_Police Meownted Unit as part of our Community Outreach Program.” They didn’t expect to get much of a response, but the tweet quickly blew up.

The post quickly racked up over 750 retweets. So the Chicago Police Department followed through on its promise and hired its very first police cat!

Later that day, the 14th District tweeted: “Welcome the 1st ever recruit in the CPD Meownted Unit, Pawfficer Gizmo. Gizmo, 8 years old, hails from a Police family. Gizmo’s mom is P.O. Ibarra and sister is K9 Rozi. Gizmo is Chicago tough with a soft side. He looks forward to making a pawsitive impact in the community.”

The district continued: “500 RT’s!! Our community is amazing. Gizmo has been assigned to train with his sister #K9 Rozi as he learns the ins and outs of pawtrolling Chicago. Some very important local citizens have already inquired about visiting with Pawfficer Gizmo! Thank you Shakespeare District!”

Watch the video below to see Pawfficer Gizmo on the job!

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