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Foot and Hoof Patrol: Meaningfully Connecting Cops and Citizens

December 7, 2018
Foot patrol is the essence of community policing—officers on foot create opportunities for the public to connect with their police (and vice versa). Conversely, when officers are wrapped in two tons of metal and plastic, that opportunity for real connection is essentially lost.

Oregon Mayor to Propose Deployment of Unarmed "Officers"

December 3, 2018
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans to bring a new policing pilot program before the City Council to deploy non-sworn and unarmed "officers" who would be "engaged in the community in non-emergency calls, so that's things like property crimes, break-ins," he said.

Husband of Slain Nebraska Officer Donates Horse to Department's Mounted Unit

November 30, 2018
Hector Orozco—the husband of slain Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco—has donated the family's horse to the Omaha Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit.

Baltimore Police Break Ground on $2.5 Million Stable for Mounted Unit

September 19, 2018
The unit has operated out of a former car dealership downtown since the 1970s, but a yearlong fundraising drive has raised about $1.3 million for a new facility on the railroad museum 40-acre property in Southwest Baltimore.

LAPD Responds to Southern California Wildfires

December 6, 2017

Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department have been responding to the area's rash of wildfires this week, serving a wide variety of missions.

One of their missions has been to help animals trapped in the fire zones.

Officers from the LAPD's equestrian unit helped rescue horses trapped in the massive Creek Fire in Sylmar.

The Creek Fire started Tuesday morning and has destroyed at least 30 homes and burned nearly 11,500 acres.

Within the city limits LAPD officers responded to the Skirbal Fire, which erupted early Wednesday morning next to the 405 freeway near Mulholland Drive. The Skirball fire has burned nearly 500 acres and destroyed four homes in Bel-Air.

Neither fire is contained.

LAPD Officers Work to Save Animals from Wildfires

December 6, 2017
Officers from the LAPD's equestrian unit helped rescue horses trapped in the massive Creek Fire in Sylmar.

TX Man Accused of Using Dog to Attack Police Horses

December 4, 2017
Police were trying to determine whether the dog attack was deliberate, so they reviewed surveillance footage from HALO cameras posted in that area, the affidavit said. The video showed that Farmer followed the mounted police unit with his dog on his shoulder. There, he lowered his dog onto the street, the document said.

MN Man Accused of Punching Police Horse

November 2, 2017
A 22-year-old man is accused of running up to a mounted police officer in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning and punching a police horse.

Police: PA Woman at Anti-Shariah Rally Attacked Police Horse

June 13, 2017
A Philadelphia woman is jailed on charges she attacked a police horse during a weekend demonstration against Shariah law in Harrisburg, PA.

First Person: Working in the Saddle

April 10, 2017

The men and women on the Mounted Unit were able to ride and control those horses in chaotic scenes in a way that made it look effortless. I've always loved animals and I knew after seeing the Mounted Unit in action that I wanted to give it a try.

BLM Activist Accused of Punching Houston Police Horse Faces Charges

November 16, 2016
A Black Lives Matter supporter accused of punching a Houston police horse last week during an anti-Donald Trump protest was taken into custody Monday after a Houston judge raised her bail

Video: Philly Flash Mob Attacks Campus Officers, Students, Police Horse

October 25, 2016
Four juveniles were arrested in a series of flash mob-style attacks on Temple University's campus this weekend that left students and police officers hurt, police and university officials said.

Businesses Working to Bring Back Boston PD's Mounted Unit

August 19, 2016
Boston business leaders are working to help raise the $1 million to $1.5 million needed to get officers back in the saddle, patrolling parks and parades as part of a new mounted unit.

Michigan Deputy Dies from Memorial Day Parade Injuries

June 1, 2016
A Branch County (MI) Sheriff's deputy who was bucked off his horse during a Memorial Day parade has died.

Houston Officer Stays With Downed Horse Until She Dies

December 8, 2015
A Houston, TX, police officer lay down next to his fallen mount on Thursday after the horse spooked, ran into the street, and was hit by a truck. Charlotte's human partner stayed with her as she died.

California Criminalizes Hurting Volunteer Police Animals

August 14, 2015
California laws that punish people who injure police horses and dogs in the line of duty now extend to volunteer law enforcement animals.

Man Arrested for Karate Kicking Police Horse

July 11, 2014
Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh.

Killing Police Animals Now a Felony In New York

July 30, 2013
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that now makes it a felony to kill a police dog or horse, increasing the penalty from a misdemeanor when the law goes into effect in November.

Texas Man Burns Police Horse with Cigarette

July 24, 2013
An officer said he saw a man, later identified as 23-year-old Tyrone Branch Jr., take a lit cigarette and burn the right side of his police horse.

Minn. Officer Bucked In Mounted Unit Training

July 11, 2013
A Minneapolis Police officer was bucked and stepped on by her horse Wednesday during training but has escaped major injury.
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