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Mounted Unit

St. Petersburg Police patch. Loyalty, Integrity, Honor.

For the first time since the 1920’s we have saddled up a Mounted Police Unit to enhance the police presence in the downtown area, especially on the weekends and during special events.

The Boston Police Department donated two of their trained, Percheron-Thoroughbred cross horses to our department after they disbanded their historic, mounted police program.

Our mounted police officers learn how to control their steeds under a variety of circumstances and to use their height and the large size of the horse as a tactical advantage in all situations. Interestingly, they are taught not to dismount during their patrol duties, not even while making an arrest.

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