Jon has already hit all the nails (and I second the “Wow!”), but I wanted to respond anyway. Our City has threatened to do the same thing, but that is now a few years ago. I have not heard whether this is still happening or not. We were also told to email photos, which is a pain for a few inspection photos, let alone the dozens of investigation photos.
With the focus primarily on security, IT departments can really make life difficult. In our City, attachments are archived way too soon, anything that is sent in a .zip file is intercepted, etc.
I think this is a topic for senior management, where the Chief may use some ‘common sense’ influence.
Having said all that, depending on what phone you’re using. If it’s an iphone like we have, you can use (or create) your iCloud account. You can sign into iCloud on a browser, and move photos that way. This is also less ideal than USB or card readers, but slightly better than emailing photos…