In addition to patrol cars, you’ll see a few four-legged officers keeping the peace in Lancaster City, PA. Police horses Ozzy, Duke,Charlie, and Liam offer Lancaster police unique advantages when it comes tokeeping PA residents safe.
Not just any equine can be a police horse. The horses of the Lancaster City police department are hand-picked and specially trained to work in high-stress, crowded environments. The human officers prefer drafts and draft crosses for their mounts, since their placid personalities and willingness to work make them ideal law enforcement employees. One of the most common jobs for these horses is crowd control, and to do that they are encouraged to boldly push through obstacles. Police horses aren’t chosen for their expressive gaits – officers actually prefer a horse that shuffles more than it prances, to avoid accidentally stepping on citizens.
Police horses also have to become accustomed to large noises and objects flying through the air, so officers practice by shooting blanksfrom their guns, tossing balls, water bottles, and other objects, and knocking through walls of 50-gallon barrels.
Horses give police officers the unique advantages of enhanced visibility, approachability, and a mode of transportation that can go more places and get closer to people than a police car or motorcycle.
These equine officers are supported fully by donations, and if you’d like to learn more or help support them, visit the Lancaster City Police Foundation website: http://www.lancpolicefoundation.org