Friday, November 20, 2009
The Houston Police Department revived the combination of the horse and Patrol Officer in 1984 with the establishment of the Mounted Patrol Unit. Today, the Mounted Patrol Detail is part of the Special Operations Division, under the Tactical Support Command. The Mounted Patrol Detail has established itself as an undeniable asset to the Houston Police Department and the community we serve. One Mounted Officer and his/her mount are as effective as 10-12 foot officers in crowd control situations. Although the Mounted Officer may be very intimidating in crowd control situations, the general public sees him/her as very approachable. Citizens who wish to see and touch the horse will stop the Mounted Patrol Officer many times in his/her tour of duty to say hello.
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