In London, bus catches you

Is it budget time again already?

DETECTIVES are now having to catch the BUS to investigate crimes because their force does not have enough squad cars, it emerged today.

In one instance, an officer was told to chase “dangerous” criminals evading arrest by public transport because there were no vehicles available. Another time, a family were stunned to see detectives who were called out to investigate the death of their relative climb off a bus before walking to their front door.

[A police-union guy] said: “What if the detectives arrest someone – would they have to check bus timetables to see when they can get back to the station?”

Staff at one police station reported that there are just two cars to share between dozens of detectives tasked with investigating serious crimes.

One former Met officer said an ex colleague had retired after being told to chase “dangerous” criminals by bus because there was no squad car available. [story]

On the plus side, “Police in London … benefit from free travel on public transport.”
Also, I’ve driven in London. Buses are faster.

Wellp, could be worse, I guess.
… or even worse.

12 Comments!

  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm |

    Know what ya mean, Doug. It could always be worse, eh?

  2. ZZMike
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm |

    Last I heard, Bobbies aren’t armed. But if they’re after you, they give you that Look, and then you just give up on the spot.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm |

    Calling Charlie Chaplin, Mr. Chaplin to London, please.

  4. accipiterNW
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm |

    Hey, I thought the EMTs reserved the buses already for their services- “Amber Lamps”

    Sorry, Old joke.

  5. Fawkes News (#FearTheVotingDead)
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 4:50 am |

    Could be worse. They could be in the US armed forces under Obama.

  6. Posted September 4, 2015 at 7:02 am |

    I think the issue here is that most of the police cars are being used to shuttle the Muslim girls over to the mosques for their female genital mutilations.

  7. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 7:34 am |

    accipiter ^4
    Heeeere ya go @2:20

  8. JustMe
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 7:44 am |

    Why don’t they just use Uber? That would be the greatest Uber fare ever. The Bobbies hop in and put a police light on the dash and yell, “follow that car!”

  9. accipiterNW
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:56 am |

    Ha! Awesome work DougM. Thanks.

  10. rickn8or
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:58 am |

    But I’m afraid there’s no cavalry riding to the rescue for us or GB.

    And young skillet’s street cred just went to zero after having that old man whip his ass. (You don’t hear the geezer calling for the Amb-lamps, do you?)

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 10:15 am |

    LotF 1: good thing I’d already finished my coffee.

    ZZMike 2: after getting The Look miscreants probably pay their own bus fare to get down to the station for arraignment… unless they’re Moslem immigrants, of course.

    JustMe 8: That’s going to make a great vid. Especially if the criminals have already engaged an Uber driver by which to flee. Uber vs Uber has got to be the seed of a great Uber ad… or maybe spoof.

  12. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 11:16 am |

    It could be even worse worse.
    Or worse worse worse.
    (Hey, we can do this all day.)