Troy police cat now has a name

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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It's official: The Troy Police feline mascot's moniker is Badges.

Troy Police announced on Twitter Tuesday the department's "Pawfficer" has been christened. The feline joined the force last month.

"Our police cat is named Pawfficer Badges," it said in a Tweet. "Rank: Pawfficer. Duties: Community policing, supervising K9 unit, cuddles."

The department asked followers of its Twitter account to vote on the kitten's name. The other choices were Donut, Katrina and Pawla.

More than 2,200 votes were cast in the poll. Badges got 40 percent of the vote, Donut had 34 percent, Pawla had 18 percent and Katrina had the remaining 8 percent. 

The name selection came about a month after the department said it would get a kitten if it could raise the number of its followers of its Twitter account from 4,000 to 10,000. The challenge was met in a little more than a week.

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman, who organized the poll on the cat's name, said she's surprised at the response to the department's tweets about the cat.

"We're starting to get used to it now, but it was a big shot at first," she said Tuesday. "We're getting gifts in the mail for the cat everyday. We got two big boxes of cat toys and supplies yesterday."