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Philly Reinstating Some Laid-Off Police Horses From NJ

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Newark, NJ police horses, being laid off from their jobs in North Jersey, are expected to continue their careers as the Philadelphia Police Department revives its mounted patrol unit.

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation in Mercer County, NJ usually finds new homes for racehorses that are injured or too slow.  But word that Newark was eliminating its mounted patrol unit came at the same time that Philadelphia was reviving its unit, disbanded in 2004.

Enter the Foundation’s adoption coordinator, Jen Nagle, who is helping to place four of Newark’s horses in Philadelphia.

“Generally, we don’t have police horses,” Nagle told KYW Newsradio on Tuesday.  “And so it worked out that way that we have horses that have already been around streets and buses and loud crowds.”

Philadelphia police Lieutenant Ray Evers says the horses will arrive here in the next few days to be stabled and trained.

“Newark’s loss is definitely our gain here.  They’ll have great homes in Philadelphia,” Lt. Evers said.

Evers says depending on how fundraising goes, the Philly police department expects to launch at least a limited version of its new mounted unit by early fall.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.


One Comment

  1. Joe says:

    Why not use some of the horses from those useless carriages that hold up traffic on those old cobblestone streets;

  2. Anonymous says:

    @Joe January 11, 2011 at 6:22pm: My sentiments exactly. I’m so glad to see them coming back.

  3. Joe says:

    I had always felt the presence of officers on horses throughout Center City was a really nice feeling downtown. Very glad to see it is returning!! Many people enjoy being able to pet a horse on the street and have the presence of a police officer instead of sitting in a patrol car waiting. One horse mounted officer has the effect of 10 officers on foot!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is good news all around.

    1. Dredd308 says:

      Except for the cost. Philly is almost broke. When they stopped useing horses, they said they were saving over one million dollars a year. Why not use the money and put more officers on the street. A horse is not going to i.d. The strangler, or the guy that stabbed two people the other day.

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