It is claimed he made false statements by failing to declare his work as a town cryer, toastmaster and part-time clown to get housing benefit, council tax relief and income support.
He became town cryer four years ago and has 142 pieces of jewellery on his cape, including a brooch comedy legend Charlie Chaplin gave his first wife.
The sensitive question of Cryer's retirement came up after 30 years in the force.
Inspector Andrew Monroe (Colin Tarrant), who is no spring chicken himself, said they needed experienced officers like Cryer. But Supt Chandler wondered if he was the right type: "Does a man like that fit comfortably into the modern police service?"
Even Pc Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart), who is not quick on the uptake, smelt a rat: "What they have handed Sgt Cryer is a poisoned chalice."