Malvern Pennsylvania police have welcomed what is believed to be the nation's first police sketch artist who works exclusively in the medium of macaroni. The Chester County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Neil Bartrum to the area with a macaroni art exhibition at their headquarters in Malvern.
Police Chief Bernard Zurlo, explains the decision to hire a macaronist,
"We've had a string of police sketch artist failures in the past few years. Our typical test is to describe the attributes of a person and have the artist simply give us their best rendering. In our last search, we described Abraham Lincoln. The sketches we received were some of the worst we've seen in years - I mean - horrendous sketches with no resemblance at all to Lincoln. For God's sake, of our top three contenders, not ONE had a beard. Is this what the art schools are turning out?"
Chief Zurlo explains that his wife, a craft enthusiast was the first to suggest looking toward the macaroni arts as an alternative to traditional pencil artists. The suggestion paid off and Mr. Neil "San Francisco Treat" Bartrum officially starts his duties/macaroni art creations May 23.