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Mounted Patrol

Mounted Patrol

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10 FOOT COPS
Mounted police are policewho patrol on horseback(equestrians) or camelback.They continue to serve inremote areas and inmetropolitan areas where theirday-to-day function may bepicturesque or ceremonial, butthey are also employed incrowd control because of theirmobile mass and heightadvantage and increasingly inthe UK for crime preventionand high visibility policingroles.
PARKS & CROWDCONTROL
Mounted police may beemployed for specializedduties ranging from patrol ofparks and wilderness areas,where police cars would beimpractical or noisy, to riotduty, where the horse servesto intimidate those whom it isdesired to disperse through itslarger size, or may be sent into snatch trouble makers oroffenders from the crowd.
MOUNTED PATROL
A policeman riding acamel in Giza, Egypt
 
WHERE NO VEHICLE HASGONE BEFORE
For example, in theUK, mounted policeare most often seenat football matches,although they arealso a commonsight on the streetsof many towns andcities as a visiblepolice presence andcrime deterrentduring the day andnight. Somemounted policeunits are trained insearch and rescuedue to the horse'sability to travelwhere vehiclescannot. A well-knownmounted policeforce is the RoyalCanadian MountedPolice (RCMP). TheRCMP now usesstandard policemethods and doesnot use any horsesoperationally.
SPECIAL DIET ANDFOOTWEAR
The U.S. BorderPatrol had 200horses in 2005.Most of these areemployed along theU.S.-Mexico border.In Arizona, theseanimals are fedspecial processedfeed pellets so thattheir wastes do notspread non-nativeplants in the nationalparks and wildlifeareas they patrol.The Houston, TexasPolice Department'sMounted Patrol Unithas becomeincreasingly wellknown due to thedecision to, overtime, remove theshoes of all itsmounted horses andembrace theconcept ofnaturalizing theirhorses' diet andcare in addition toriding thembarefoot.
Australian Mounted Police Victoria

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