Snickers the New Zealand police cat is beloved on social media ever since starting his own Instagram page this summer.
Only about 2 years old, Snickers is the Whangaparaoa station’s third cat in 25 years, having been born to the watch house officer’s cat. Soon after, he started patrolling the neighborhood and is often seen browsing the library, sneaking into movies at Hoyts Cinema, sleeping in Farmers and leaping into the McDonald’s drive-through window.
“From day one, he’s just been the highlight of the whole area,” watch house officer Charlotte Jones said before joking, “He’s definitely used up his nine lives with the amount of time he’s run across that road.”
According to the staff, Snickers is particularly good at comforting timid and vulnerable visitors. As Jones said, “When someone comes into the station and they’re upset, and he’s on the counter, it’s just so calming. He’s worth his weight in gold.”
Snickers has racked up over 1,400 followers in his few months on Instagram and seems to have inspired other cats to join the police force, such as Wellington District Police’s Tia, who does more sleeping than working but is “pretty good” at paperwork.