Britain’s first Jedi police woman harnesses the Force to catch criminals

April 24th, 2009 by admin

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Meet PC Pam Fleming – the first Jedi police officer to admit she is a devotee of the Star Wars-inspired religion.

PC Fleming, a beat officer who has patrolled the mean streets of Glasgow for the past 23 years, stepped proudly forward today – light sabre in hand – to say ‘I’m a Jedi and I’m proud’.

She even admits to using Jedi mind tricks during interviews with suspects in ‘an effort to achieve the truth’, although she tells industry magazine Police Review that she does not use ‘The Force’ to influence what suspects say or do.

Jedi mind tricks are used in the Star Wars movies by characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker to ‘influence the minds of weak-minded sentient beings’ to get them to do what you want them to do.

PC Fleming, who is one of ten police workers – eight of them officers – at Strathclyde Police who have listed their religion as Jedi, said her faith helped her ‘fight crime and disorder on Glasgow’s streets’.

She said: ‘Being a Jedi is a way of life.’

Speaking in casual outfit – rather than her uniform or Jedi cloak – the 45-year-old beat officer added: ‘For me, it is not a joke. I love the Star Wars films and the concept of being a Jedi.

‘The faith is not divisive. It does not matter what your race, faith or sexual orientation is – you can be one. It is all encompassing.’

The PC, speaking at the annual Scottish Police Federation conference in the sleepy town of Peebles, near Edinburgh, this week said she had even stared calling her rookie cop a Padawan (a Jedi apprentice).

She said: ‘I have been a confirmed Jedi on force monitoring form for three years now.

‘I like the principles such as inclusiveness and oneness – that we are all part of one plan.

‘I have even started calling my probationer, as a joke, my Padawan (Jedi apprentice). Although I am not sure he likes that.’

PC Fleming said she knew some of the other Jedis on her force, but said it was not a secret society and that anybody could join.

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