Police list Jedi as religion after finding force within
It may not be a galaxy far far away, but Strathclycde Police is clearly feeling a disturbance in the Force after eight officers listed their religion as Jedi.
By Sarah Knapton
Last Updated: 10:04PM BST 16 Apr 2009
The officers and two civilian staff put down the faith, dreamed up by George Lucas for Star Wars, on their voluntary diversity forms.
Jane’s Police Review asked 55 forces across the UK how many employees had officially declared their religion as Jedi.
But Strathclyde was the only force to confirm that some of its staff had entered the Star Wars
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, 10 (eight police officers and two police staff) had recorded their religion as Jedi.”
The force said the information was provided voluntarily and securely stored. In the 2001 Census for England and Wales around 390,000 people stated Jedi was their religion. Prior to the census, an e-mail was circulated stating that if 10,000 people put Jedi on the census form, it would become a “fully recognised and legal religion”.
But the Office for National Statistics did not recognise it as a separate category, and incorporated them with the atheists.
Strathclyde is the largest police force in Scotland, employing around 8,200 police officers and 2,800 police staff.