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10 FOOT COPS Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback (equestrians) or camelback. They continue to serve in remote areas and in

PARKS & CROWD CONTROL Mounted police may be employed for specialized duties ranging from patrol of parks and wilderness areas,

metropolitan areas where their where police cars would be day-to-day function may be impractical or noisy, to riot picturesque or ceremonial, but duty, where the horse serves they are also employed in to intimidate those whom it is crowd control because of their desired to disperse through its mobile mass and height larger size, or may be sent in advantage and increasingly in to snatch trouble makers or the UK for crime prevention offenders from the crowd. and high visibility policing roles.

A policeman riding a camel in Giza, Egypt


SPECIAL DIET AND FOOTWEAR The U.S. Border Patrol had 200

For example, in the UK, mounted police horses in 2005. are most often seen Most of these are at football matches, employed along the U.S.-Mexico border. although they are also a common sight on the streets of many towns and In Arizona, these animals are fed special processed feed pellets so that

cities as a visible police presence and their wastes do not spread non-native crime deterrent during the day and night. Some mounted police units are trained in search and rescue due to the horse's ability to travel where vehicles cannot. A well-known mounted police force is the Royal plants in the national parks and wildlife areas they patrol. The Houston, Texas Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit has become increasingly well known due to the decision to, over time, remove the shoes of all its mounted horses and embrace the

Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The concept of naturalizing their RCMP now uses standard police methods and does not use any horses operationally.

horses' diet and care in addition to riding them barefoot.

Australian Mounted Police Victoria

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FACTS ABOUT MOUNTED PATROL Synthetic saddles are often favored over those made of natural leather to reduce weight, important both because of long riding hours and because police officers must carry numerous articles of personal equipment. High-traction horseshoes made of speciality metals or fitted with rubber soles are typically used in urban areas in place of standard steel horseshoes, which are prone to slip on pavement. Rubber soled shoes also produce less noise than steel shoes and jar the hoof less. Horses working in riot control wear facial armor, made of perspex so that the animals can still see. The officers themselves are often equipped with especially long wooden or polycarbonate batons for use on horseback, as standard patrol batons would have insufficient length to strike individuals at ground level.