"Here at the Strathclyde Police, we realise that it is in both our own and the public's interests that we represent a cross-section of Scotland's vibrant, modern, multicultural society," says Chief Superintendent Bruce Robertson, "and as such we welcome applicants from any ethnic background." So successful has the policy been that Robertson's force now has black, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and - uniquely amongst British police forces - even Jedi officers, the latter being especially welcome after the 2001 Census revealed that 2.6% of Strathclyde's population are followers of the monastic, non-theistic religion that has its roots in the Old Republic.
"It hae been oor experience tha' Jedi make excellent polis officers," Robertson says. "They hae a long tradition of piss-kipping and battling against whit they call the Dark Side - which seems tae include criminals, holligans and the like. Basically, all we hae tae dae is persuade them tae wield a truncheon in place of a lightsabre, stick a helmet on their heads and they're ready tae gae. Historically, they have also adhered tae a strict hierarchical system of rank, which means they fit right in with oor ain system."
However, Jedi officers have not been accepted by all members of the public. Acid Rabbi spoke to one citizen who is not so keen. "Noo, I don't want tae come across as a racist," said the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, "and I hae naething against the Jedi personally - I mean, they seem tae be a law-abiding and peaceful bunch, and thanks tae them the cornershops are open till 11 of a nicht which can be very useful; but I dae think Scoatish police officers should be Scoatish, and should speak proper Scoats. A lot of people hae difficulty in understanding the Jedi's accents. We have one of them who patrols round my area and none of us can really follow whit he's saying, which was never a problem when we had PC McPatel before he got transferred tae Edinburgh."
"Good for Jedi is employment in police force," Constable Yoda, who has been a member of Strathclyde Police for two years, told Acid Rabbi. "Hard-working and honest are Jedi. No longer living a long time ago in far, far away galaxy, some of noble Jedi order have Glasgow as their home now chosen. Right it is that we take active part in organisation and protection of society."