It transpires that a zebra and a monkey make an awesome crime-fighting duo.
Constables Tracy Griffin and Terri Cave were picking up drinks and nibbles from a supermarket in Coventry, England, on their way to a get-together last March when they spotted a man threatening women inside the store.
Their subsequent arrest of the violent suspect earned them a Chief Constable’s Commendation this week.
The off-duty officers – one in zebra onesies and the other in monkey onesies, got a shop worker to call the police. They then stood with one of the victims, who was clearly shaken, and kept a close eye on the man while waiting for their uniformed colleagues to arrive.
But when his behaviour became more aggressive and he began threatening to kill one of the victims, chasing her on to a bus, Griffin and Cave decided to step in – onesies and all.
Fearing he had a weapon, they challenged the suspect outside a store in Ansty Road, which led to him running into a busy road. They caught the man grappled with him on the ground.
Other officers arrived within six minutes to arrest the man and take him into custody on suspicion of public order offences.
Rather than carrying on to their party, Griffin and Cave, based in Solihull, spent the rest of the evening at the local police station writing up their statements about what happened.
When their colleagues found out about the arrest, they tweeted from @SolihullPolice: “Man threatening to kill people didn’t expect to be wrestled to the ground by our off-duty officer in a zebra onesie. We go that extra mile.”
The photograph of them in their onesies went viral across the internet and soon attracted local and national media attention.
Nominating them for an award, their manager described their actions at the time as “brave in the extreme” and “in accordance with the highest traditions of British policing”.
At a ceremony on Tuesday, the pair picked up a commendation from Chief Constable Chris Sims in front of family, friends and colleagues – this time in official police uniform.
Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, from Solihull Police, said: “There was a lot of interest in this particular case for obvious reasons but, joking apart, PCs Griffin and Cave were faced with a very dangerous man in difficult circumstances and they stepped up to the plate.
“Let’s not lose focus on the risk they exposed themselves to, without any protection – in tackling this man. Whether they were in fancy dress or not – the fact is they chose to put a member of the public’s safety above their own and then cancelled their night out to make sure a professional job was done.”