What could be more fun than spending a few nights biking around the back alleys, roundabouts, and estates of Basingstoke with a bunch of cops? (One of whom tweets)
Seriously. This is my idea of a good time.
Word on the street (or at least in the station) is that I'm the first observer to ever go on bike patrol in these parts.
Actual word on the street, however, is more the sound of pesky youth laughing at my folding bike. Whatever. It did the job.
And to answer the first question US cops will have: 1) No, (most) police do not carry guns; 2) Most do not want to. More than one has told me he's consider quitting if he were ever ordered to patrol armed with a gun.
There are 140,000 British police officer. Not one has been killed on duty since 2007. That level of officer safety is kind of hard for me to fathom.