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Mounted Police Make Appearance at PetSmart Retail Store

Customers at a pet supply store in a suburb of New Orleans were treated to an unusual sight over the weekend as a horse and his human handler with the Slidell Police Department strolled the aisles saying hello.

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Video: Texas Police Release Body Camera Footage of Controversial Arrest

The Galveston (TX) Police Department released body camera footage of an arrest that sparked some outrage in August.

UK Welcomes Law that Increases Penalty for Subjects that Attack K-9s

Handlers and K-9s in the United Kingdom are welcoming a new law that went into effect earlier this week that significantly increases the maximum penalty for offenders who attack a service dog.

Video: West Virginia Teen Donates Horse to Ohio Police Department's Mounted Unit

A 13-year-old donated his horse—named Sam—to the Columbus Division of Police in Ohio.

2 Police Horses Struck in Melee Outside Southern California Bar

Six people were arrested after a large fight broke out in Santa Ana early Sunday morning as bars were closing. One person reportedly struck a police horse named "Chex." Another horse, named "Willa," was also reportedly assaulted.

St. Paul Police Disbanding Mounted and Motor Units

Spokesperson Steve Linders said multiple reasons went into the department's decision, including the fact that the department has seen an increase in injuries to members of both units.

Foot and Hoof Patrol: Meaningfully Connecting Cops and Citizens

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"

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

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.

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

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.