5-year-old Eliza Adamson-Hopper wrote to Chief Constable Mike Barton of the Durham, England, police department and wanted to know why police mascots always seemed to be dogs. Eliza said cats should receive equal consideration.

So that’s when Barton decided to choose a cat as the official police mascot. Even better, Barton chose Mittens, a cat belonging to Eliza herself.

“We thought Eliza’s idea to have a police cat was a great idea,” Barton added. “We wanted to recognize Eliza’s fantastic suggestion, so what better way than to transform her own cat into our mascot?”

To read more about Mittens, the new police mascot, click here.