Items

Forums
The Mounted Police Horse Debate
 By Winniefield Park   •   26th Aug 2016   •   1,224 views   •   0 comments


Whether or not horses should be used in policing is a topic of debate for some. But, right or wrong, horses provide a valuable service when used in police work. While cars, SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are often employed by law enforcement agencies to do their duties, the horse remains useful in a number of situations.

One of the most famous mounted police forces is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP are well known for their precision drill riding team that tours the country. But, the RCMP no longer uses horse for policing. Like many mounted police units around the world, horses are kept on for ceremonial purposes. But there are units where horses are still used in active police work.

Related: Should Police Horses Be Banned

One place that horses are more useful than motor vehicles is in crowd control. Horses put police officers higher up than those on foot, motorcycle or bicycle, allowing them to see and be seen. A mounted police officer has the advantage of seeing over a crowd. Itís easier to see what is happening and to communicate with a crowd from higher up. People (usually) instinctively will get out of the way of a horse, especially one in full riot gear. And, of course the height and size of a police horse can be intimidating for some in the crowd. A large crowd can get dangerous, so tactics used by mounted police help break crowds into smaller parts, without resorting to violence. The horses used for this type of work are often draft and draft crosses that are well trained and desensitized to noise and confusion.

Search and rescue is another line of police work where horses canít be completely replaced by ATVs and other vehicles. When searching for a criminal, the noise of a vehicle can warn them to clear out. Horses can be almost silent. If someone is just lost and scared, the quietness of a horse can be less intimidating.

The height too, can be a benefit, as a searcher can see further than someone on an ATV or on foot. Horses can move faster, and go further than searchers on foot. They can also navigate rougher terrain and river crossings that might slow or stop a searcher on foot. And, they can get into terrain even ATVs canít navigate. The horse isnít just transportation however. The horse itself will notice things the searcher alone might not. ďLook where the horse looksĒ, is something searchers learn, as horses will often notice scents or movements that humans donít.

In urban areas, other than crowd control, mounted police patrol parks and are sometimes used in high tension neighbourhoods. The presence of a mounted officer is often enough to prevent petty crimes and antisocial behavior. While a horse used in crowd control may be intimidating in a riotous crowd, it can be quite the opposite in a neighborhood. The horse is often the starting point for communication between the police and the residents. People are more likely to interact with a police officer on a horse, than one on foot or bicycle.

Unfortunately, there are downsides to using horses in policing. As many of us know, keeping a horse is not an inexpensive endeavor and many police forces have cut their mounted units because of lack of funds. Using horses in policing puts them in harmís way, and that evokes accusations of abuse from some animal activists. Activists fear too, that horses are kept in confined quarters, ridden on hard pavement, and lead very unnatural lives. And of course, horses make manure, which some find offensive.

Despite the controversies and downsides of policing on horseback, some police forces have either started or reformed their mounted units. Mounted police units are found in countries around the world and are serving and protecting in cities like New York, Calgary, London, St. Paul, Tokyo, Toronto and others.

--
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Horse Dies

What Can Mounted Police Teach Us About Police Visibility
Horse News More PB Articles About:  Mounted Police,
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 Related Horse News
Should Police Horses Be Banned
5th May 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The debates over whether horse-drawn carriages should be used on NYC streets continue. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to have the carriages shut down has now softened his stance after a carefully planned campaign ...
The Mounted Police Horse Debate
26th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Whether or not horses should be used in policing is a topic of debate for some. But, right or wrong, horses provide a valuable service when used in police work. While cars, SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are ...
Buy A Police Horse
26th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Previously, the RCMP held their auction every other year. But it has been three years since the last auction and about forty horses are being offered. Online bidding has been open since mid-August for the police foundation auction ...
Halifax Police Retire Sarge After 13 Years of Service
30th Apr 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
When a police officer retires, thereís usually a ceremony to mark the occasion. After a career of putting your life on the line, you deserve some recognition. So when Duty Sergeant, an eighteen year old Clyde cross, who has been w ...
The Columbus Mounted Police Unit
14th Jul 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If youíve ever wondered how mounted police units desensitize their horses to working around crowds in stressful situations, the Columbus Mounted Police unit provides a glimpse into their training process. ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
Horse Owners Consider Fire Safety
14th Sep 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Animal activists would like to see all barns installed with overhead sprinkler systems and want to see it part of the building code. A clothing designer has come up with another idea for horses stabled and outdoors in pastures. Bl ...
Wild Horses Weather Hurricane Dorian Well
8th Sep 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
As Hurricane Dorian batters the U.S. eastern seaboard, many people worry about the safety of not only their own animals, but wildlife as well. But, says the Corolla Horse Fund, a protection group that protects a small herd of fera ...
Wild and Free Sable Island Ponies
5th Sep 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Thereís a scientist out there that is delighted to find a dead horse. Not that sheís excited that the horse is dead. That is probably as emotionally difficult for her as any of us. But, this scientist, as part of a research team, ...
Analyze Your Seat In This Horse Simulator
2nd Sep 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a horse simulator? Do you think it would give you the same experience as riding a real horse, or help you increase your riding skills? Equestrian Jesse Derent did too. Derent me ...
70 Year Old Wins Mongol Derby 600 Mile Horse Race
24th Aug 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Imagine spending twelve hours on horseback traversing some of the roughest terrain on earth, through largely uninhabited lands. Thatís exactly what most of the participants in the Mongol Derby do. The race, which is meant to repli ...
The White Sands Horse Rescue Operation
19th Aug 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
25 years ago, Dr. Don Hoglund led a roundup that saved the lives of about 1800 wild horses. Hoglund is best known for his wild horse training methods and prison inmate programs. But, he claims, the highlight of his career is the r ...
U.S. Olympic Dressage Rider Charged with Attempted Murder
18th Aug 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A U.S. Olympic dressage rider has been charged with attempted murder. Michael Barisone, who rode with the the U.S. team in the 2012 Beijing Olympics shot, 38 year old equestrian Lauren Kanarek. Kanarek and her fiance were tenants ...
Capture Every Hoofbeat with Equilab Equestrian Tracking
17th Aug 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
With Equilab tracking itís possible to watch the progress of a horse and rider in real time, and see at what speed they are traveling. The maps can be viewed much like Google maps, either in satellite or map view. At the end of a ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2019   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
440 Members Online 251,685 Registered Members 2,609 News Articles 11,023,022 Unique News Article Views 257,210,605 Website Views