Yes, it's sneaky, but the cops aren't as athletic as Carol and Brandy were - the latter just bitched a lot and that was their counter. There was nothing to say that they'd be stronger in the end if they made it to the final four. So, it also can be seen as a way to keep the cops in instead - and frankly, no matter what the reason, I'm just glad C&B are out because they weren't appreciating the race and acted like they were going to win - i.e. it being handed to them on a silver platter.See...the cops just wanted to save themselves from the U-Turn by brainwashing the models to use it (if they got there first) on C/B. Sneaky. But, then, Caite didn't take much persuasion to see it their way. Also sneaky using a mechanical counter for the chain links. That one probably slipped through the rules because no one would believe anyone would pull a counter out of their backpack. For all that, I'm glad they finished ahead of C/B.
The counter? - not really. It is an advantage, but I have seen people double or triple click by mistake and then have to either start over or try to figure out how many they went over. So, there was that risk. Also, as we saw with Brent, they were allowed to make ticker marks on the document. I say it's fair, though between this and the duct tape, I'm wondering if they're going to decide to put limits on what can/cannot be brought to these races.