This just in: Local Officer gets wrists snapped (metaphorically) by his bosses.
It turns out that this poor sap in a town over in Britain did not pass his cycling proficiency test. So, in a glorious display of law-enforcement bureaucracy, he has been ordered to resort to patrolling the townships over which he has jurisdiction by PUBLIC TRANSIT. A POLICE OFFICER PATROLLING BY BUS until he is able to retake and hopefully pass the proficiency test. So in case you were wondering which English town to pillage, you might grab yourself a bus schedule for the hamlets of Halstead, Knockholt and Badgers Mount, and go nuts.
I don't think it is possible to make this kind of thing up.
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