Fundraising Underway For Reconstituted Philadelphia Mounted Police Unit

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With no funds available from the city, the Philadelphia Police Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to build a home for the police department’s mounted patrol unit.

Police Foundation executive director Peter Madden foresees a $3-million, state-of-the-art home for the recently re-established mounted unit on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park.

“Let’s hear it for the mounted unit — 14 horses back!” he told the crowd today outside Macy’s department store at 13th and Market Streets.

The Police Foundation is reaching out to the private sector through a program called “Pony Up for the Mounted Unit.”  To that end, Macy’s has started the ball rolling with a $5,000 check and a permanent display window containing items used by the mounted unit.

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says those cops will provide a vital crime-fighting function.

“We have a tremendous amount of parkland in this city, areas where we simply cannot get to by mountain bike, or by motorcycle, or by car,” the commissioner said.

Also look for mounted officers in neighborhoods — and not just in center city. Ramsey believes the city will pick up the funding in about two years.


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  • Francis Graff

    Did the Phila.Police force put the cart before the horse?? Or should I be asking if the horse is before the stable? Either way, it’s brilliant thinking to get horses and have no place to horse (house) them. I’m just horsing around with you Commissioner. I just want one cop to say hello or good morning or something nice to us once in awhile. They are on their high horse now, and those guys think they are Gods chosen ones. The police force must stop trying every which way to solve problems. I would just once like to see a long range plan with short range results.

  • Cynthia Petillo

    Yay for the Mounties! More of these swift moving police on hooves is what the city needs. Now, to come up with funds to support them?? Any ideas Blondell Brown? I like the way she brainstorms!!

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