A hard-up police force has negotiated free bus travel to get its officers to their beats.
Uniformed bobbies in Gloucestershire will be able to hop on Stagecoach vehicles in a bid to save petrol costs and wear and tear on patrol cars.
Gloucestershire Chief Constable Tony Melville said the scheme would allow "significant savings" and offer "another avenue to engage with local people."
A spokesman for the force added: "Of course there's the added advantage that the beat bobby is already in a vehicle when the call comes in for him to be somewhere fast.
"We've negotiated for officers to ignore the 'don't disturb the driver' signs and instruct the driver to get his foot down and get him to the bank robbery, or to chase some joy-riding smacked-up kid who's nicked a car and is hurtling down the A5."