GLASGOW – Eight members of Scotland’s largest police force have listed their official religion as “Jedi” in a diversity survey!
Another two civilian police workers have also registered as Jedi. Strathclyde was the only force in the UK to admit it had Jedi officers.
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.”
The Jedi religion is not that uncommon. About 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi in the 2001 Census for England and Wales. In Scotland the figure was a reported 14,000. The Office for National Statistics does not recognise it as a separate category, and groups followers of Jedi with ‘atheists’.
The Jedi Church of the UK was established last year by two brothers, Barney and Daniel Jones. The services are based on meditation, sermons about their spiritual beliefs, and light sabre training.
An unidentified Strathclyde officer said, “We do see ourselves as the good guys fighting crime, but it’s hardly in the same league as Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader is it? Most of the time, we just give people a caution rather than fight off hordes of stormtroopers with lasers and lightsabers.
“As long as they don’t try to start using ‘the force’ to try to solve crimes, I’m sure it’s harmless.”