PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s newly-restored mounted police unit is getting a new home.
There’s no money in the city budget to build stables for the revived Philadelphia police mounted patrol unit, but a non-profit, several unions and local donors are pitching-in to make it happen anyway.
The nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation is spearheading a $1.2 million fundraising effort to build new stables on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park. The mounted patrols were disbanded in 2004 because of budget cuts but reinstated a year ago.
“We’re actually renting a space just right outside the city for the few horses that we do have. And so this will give us an opportunity to build the equestrian force,” said Maureen Rush, Foundation board vice president.
Groundbreaking is in a few weeks with completion expected next spring. After it’s finished, the Foundation will donate the new barn to the city.
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio