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For the first time since the 1920’s we have saddled up a new 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 this past summer.
Our new four-legged colleagues are Brooklyn and Jacob.
Our mounted police officers have to learn how to control their steeds under a variety of circumstances and to use the height and the large size of the horse as a tactical advantage in all situations. Interestingly, they learned not to dismount during their patrol duties, not even while making an arrest.