Friday, April 17, 2009

Law & Order : Strathclyde Police turn to jedi in effort to feel the force

Too much movie watching and not enough paperwork may have made some in the Scottish Police service feel the need for a new religion .. and that ‘new religion’ comes direct from the Star Wars films straight to the home of legendary tv detective ‘Taggart’ – Strathclyde Police. (Light sabres at the readyyyyyy, and no bending over ! – Ed)

Arrested you are, say Jedi officers

Published Date: 17 April 2009
By Louise Hosie

A POLICE force appears to have some Star Wars fans in its midst, after eight of its officers recorded their religion as "Jedi", it was revealed yesterday.

Strathclyde Police said the officers and two civilian staff had listed themselves as "Jedi" in voluntary diversity forms.

The details were obtained from the force in a Freedom of Information request.

Jane's Police Review asked 55 forces across the UK how many employees had officially declared their religion as Jedi.

It said Strathclyde Police was the only force to confirm that some of its staff had entered "Jedi".

Jedi Knights such as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda are fictional characters in the Star Wars movies.

Said to live "in a galaxy far, far away", they use "the Force" to battle arch-enemy Darth Vadar and try to help characters who have strayed to the "dark side".

Jane's Police Review editor Chris Herbert, who requested the information, said: "The Force appears to be strong in Strathclyde Police with their Jedi police officers and staff.

"Far from living a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, some members of the noble Jedi order have now chosen Glasgow and its surrounding streets as their home."

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "At the time of the request, ten had recorded their religion as Jedi."

In the 2001 Census for Scotland around 14,000 people stated their religion as "Jedi".

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