FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Philly Police Saddle Up Mounted Unit

February 17, 2011  | 


Lt. Daniel McCann will return to command the Philadelphia PD's Mounted Unit. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Police Foundation.

Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced they would revive the Philadelphia Police Department's mounted unit in December.

The approval brought cheers among a small cadre of Philadelphia Police officers who have been lobbying for the return of a unit disbanded in July 2004. The unit's commanding officer, Lt. Daniel McCann, now faces the enormity of starting the unit from scratch.

McCann's faith in horse patrol isn't shared by other large departments that believe mounted patrol is antiquated.

On Tuesday, the New York Police Department became the latest law enforcement agency in the country to cut back horse patrol. Other agencies have cut back the unit, including Boston; Newark, N.J.; San Diego, Calif.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Charleston, S.C. With 60 officers, the NYPD had the largest mounted unit in the country.

Philadelphia faces mighty obstacles — constructing or renting stables; reacquiring equipment, including leather goods; training officers; purchasing special vehicles; and funding the unit in hard budgetary times.

But department leaders see a role for the unit beyond community relations. Police Commissioner Ramsey views mounted officers as valuable for crowd control, he told USA Today.

"Philadelphia has the largest park system in the nation," Lt. Raymond Evers tells POLICE Magazine. "Cars and mountain bikes can't get into areas that horses can. It's an important mix in the matrix of patrol functions."

The Philadelphia Police Foundation has promised to outlay $2 million over two years for the unit, which is expected to include 24 horses. Much of the initial funds will be put toward start-up costs, including potentially building a stabling facility that could include up to 30 stalls. The department can reuse some equipment from the prior unit stored in 2004.

Acquiring the horses will be the easy job, Evers said. The Newark (N.J.) PD has promised four horses from its unit. And several other donations have also been offered.

Editor's Note: We have corrected an error involving the NYPD's mounted unit. The unit was scaled back, and not disbanded.

Tags: Philadelphia PD, Mounted Units, NYPD


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Kevin @ 2/18/2011 10:02 AM

Uh, The NYPD has NOT disbanded it's Mounted Unit. It is alive and well.

Paul @ 2/18/2011 11:08 AM

Thanks for bringing this error to our attention. We've corrected it!

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

LAPD Releases Names of Officers Involved in August 11 Shooting
More than two weeks after the police shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles,...
Ferguson Police Begin Using Body-worn Cameras
Ferguson Police are now wearing 50 donated body camera, expecting to outfit all of their...
Weapons, Body Armor Found at Seattle Home After Fatal Shooting
Seattle police said they found a stockpile of weapons and body armor in the home of a man...
Video: Kentucky Deputy Shoots Driver Backing into Him
The deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle when the driver began backing into him,...
Blue Porch Lights Show Support for Wounded Officer in California
Local hardware stores are running out of blue light bulbs as thousands of residents show...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine