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  • NCCo Mounted Police get by with a little help from their “Friends”

  • When you see a New Castle County Police officer on horseback, you must understand that it is not simply for show.


    The New Castle County Mounted Police Unit, along with their horses, are six officers who patrol high crime neighborhoods, make traffic stops, and perform crowd control all year round.


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  • When you see a New Castle County Police officer on horseback, you must understand that it is not simply for show.
    The New Castle County Mounted Police Unit, along with their horses, are six officers who patrol high crime neighborhoods, make traffic stops, and perform crowd control all year round.
    The Mounted Police Unit has been around since 1981, but was almost eliminated a few years ago as a cost-saving measure. In 2009, a group of private citizens founded the Friends of the Mounted Patrol (FMP), an all-volunteer group with the mission to ensure that the Mounted 

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    Police Unit stays intact. Since 2010, the FMP has raised enough money to purchase a large run-in shed for one of the mounted horse fields, six new saddles, medical and morbidity insurances for all six horses, and half the cost toward the purchase of a new horse.
    FMP’s next fundraiser is on Saturday, Aug. 18 and is at Carousel Farm. Miles for the Mounted Patrol is a 5K walk/run, and all the money raised will benefit the Mounted Police Unit.
    Senior Cpl. Rosemarie Williams has been a police officer since 1993 but has been a member of the Mounted Police Unit for nine years. She said she joined the Unit because she would see other officers riding the horses and it really intrigued her. “I would see them out and about and I would say, I’ve got to do that,” Williams said.
    Williams rides Darby, a Clydesdale who has been a member of the force since 2001.
    Cpl. William Brown rides the lead horse Elvis, a Clydesdale who started his policing career in 2003. Brown, who is originally from Philadelphia, had no experience riding horses when he joined the Mounted Police Unit.
    Both Williams and Brown said that patrolling on horseback is a great community relations tool. “People who typically fear police officers in cars don’t fear us on horseback,” Brown said.
    The Mounted Police Unit may look friendly, but one officer on horseback is equivalent to ten or fifteen officers on foot. “The horses have an easy temperament and are gentle and docile, but their size is intimidating,” Brown said.    
    But when the Unit isn’t making traffic stops or battling aggressive crowds, they are often handing out their collector cards to their adoring fans.
    Page 2 of 2 - “People don’t know us, but they know the horses,” Brown said.
     
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